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Decision-Making With Your Older Loved One: Choosing a Power of Attorney Agent

Establishing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or Finances can give our loved ones the ability to control who makes important health care or financial decisions for them if their physician declares they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Having a Power of Attorney is important because it assures our loved ones have someone who can act on their behalf and, ideally, respect their wishes. However, with this power comes responsibility, and sometimes this responsibility can be abused by those who do not have our loved ones’ best interests at heart. Before choosing a Power of Attorney agent, our loved ones should not only make sure the person they are considering is someone they can comfortably express their wishes and preferences to, but also that the agent is trustworthy enough to make decisions that are best for our loved ones.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 01/15/2020

Internet Safeguards to Avoid Online Scams as an Older Adult

Over the years, the internet has grown and expanded to the point where it influences much of our daily lives. As the prevalence and everyday uses of the internet have expanded, so too has the presence of scammers and hackers who take advantage of the internet to steal personal information, deceive innocent people and spread harmful viruses. The internet is a valuable resource, and we shouldn’t let the fear of being scammed stop us from utilizing it. However, we should be cautious about where and to whom we give our information, and educate ourselves about internet scams so we don’t fall prey to people intending to mislead us.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/13/2019

Bibbo, J. (2019, October 15). 5 Ways to Combat Illegal Robocalls. Retireved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/5-ways-to-combat-illegal-robocalls

Taylor, T., Hayes, J. (2019, September 12). Guiding Your Loved One Toward Good Credit. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/guiding-your-loved-one-toward-good-credit

Can You Actually Buy Happiness? Reflections on Emotional Spending

Have you ever felt down and out – and then headed to the mall? Have you ever felt overwhelmed, angry, or isolated – and then cheered up with a purchase on eBay? Do you use shopping as a way to celebrate an accomplishment or recover from a disappointment? Have you ever subscribed to the idea that shopping is a stress-relieving therapy and even cheaper than a visit with a psychiatrist? If so, did shopping in those moments actually make you feel better in the long run?

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By Lisa Weitzman | 11/13/2019

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