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ASK Questions and Don’t Answer. Let them know you’ll look up the number and call to verify.
Posted April 2024

Fraud targeting seniors is unfortunately a common issue. Here's some additional information on fraud and tips to prevent it:

What is Fraud?

Fraud involves deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, often at the expense of unsuspecting victims. In the context of seniors, fraud can take various forms, including financial scams, identity theft, healthcare fraud, and more.

Common Types of Fraud Targeting Seniors:

    1. Grandparent Scams: Fraudsters pose as a grandchild in distress, often claiming to be in legal trouble or in need of emergency funds.
    2. Telemarketing and Phone Scams: Seniors may receive unsolicited phone calls offering fake products or services, prize winnings, or investment opportunities.
    3. Email and Internet Scams: Scammers send deceptive emails or create fake websites to trick seniors into providing personal information or sending money.
    4. Healthcare Fraud: Seniors may be targeted with fraudulent offers for medical treatments, insurance plans, or products promising miraculous health benefits.
    5. Identity Theft: Fraudsters may steal seniors' personal information, such as Social Security numbers or financial details, to commit identity theft and financial fraud.

Tips to Prevent Fraud:

    1. Be Skeptical: Question unexpected offers, requests for personal information, or urgent demands for money, especially from unfamiliar sources.
    2. Verify Identities: Confirm the identity of callers, email senders, or individuals requesting personal information before sharing any sensitive data or funds.
    3. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with common scams targeting seniors and educate yourself and your loved ones on fraud prevention techniques.
    4. Guard Personal Information: Be cautious about sharing personal or financial information, especially over the phone or online, and ensure that sensitive documents are securely stored.
    5. Seek Assistance: If you suspect fraud or have fallen victim to a scam, report it to the appropriate authorities and seek assistance from local law enforcement, financial institutions, or support organizations.

Resources for Victims of Fraud:

  • National Center for Victims of Crime: Provides resources and support services for victims of various types of crime, including fraud targeting seniors.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Offers guidance on recognizing and reporting fraud, as well as resources for victims of identity theft and other scams. By staying informed and vigilant, seniors can reduce their risk of falling victim to fraud and protect themselves from financial exploitation.

Senior Support Directory

Free Groceries Assistance: Call 2-1-1 for information on local programs providing free groceries for seniors.

Elder Services and Community Connection: Contact 1-888-670-1360 to connect with resources and services tailored to seniors in your community.

Protection from Abuse and Neglect: If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or neglect, call 800-231-4024 for immediate assistance and support.

Protection from Fraud: For concerns regarding fraud targeting seniors, seek guidance and support by calling the provided hotline at 800 231-4024.

Alzheimer's Association Helpline: For assistance and information regarding Alzheimer's disease, call 1-833-401-0832. Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline:

For immediate support and guidance, reach out to the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-877-272-3900.

Important Notice: Protect Yourself from Scams

Important Notice: Protect Yourself from Scams
Posted January 2024

I hope this message finds you well. In recent times, scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to exploit and defraud individuals, especially targeting seniors and Medicare recipients. It's crucial to stay informed and vigilant to protect yourself from

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Understanding Financial Support: Social Security and VA Compensation for Widows

Understanding Financial Support: Social Security and VA Compensation for Widows
Posted August 2023

Losing a spouse is an emotional journey that can be made even more complex when considering the financial aspects that come into play. Many widows find themselves navigating the realm of Social Security and VA compensation to secure their financial stability. In this blog, we'll delve into the workings of these two sources of support – Social Security and VA compensation – and address questions regarding taxation and eligibility for programs like the Medicare Savings Program.

Social Security Benefits for Widows

Social Security provides financial assistance to widows through survivor's benefits. When a spouse passes away, the surviving spouse may be eligible to receive a portion of the deceased spouse's Social Security benefits. These survivor benefits are designed to provide a safety net for widows who relied on their spouse's income during their lifetime.

To qualify for Social Security survivor benefits, certain conditions must be met:

  • Age: Generally, the surviving spouse must be at least 60 years old (50 if disabled) to receive benefits. However, if you're caring for the deceased spouse's child who is under 16 or disabled, you may qualify regardless of your age.
  • Marriage Duration: The marriage must have lasted for at least nine months, with a few exceptions such as if the death was accidental or occurred in the line of duty.
  • Not Remarried: If the surviving spouse remarries before turning 60 (or 50 if disabled), they usually won't be eligible for survivor benefits unless the subsequent marriage ends.

VA Compensation for Widows

Veterans' Affairs (VA) provides compensation to the surviving spouses of veterans who have passed away due to a service-related disability. This compensation, known as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), helps alleviate the financial burden on widows who relied on their veteran spouse's income and support.

Eligibility for VA compensation includes:

  • Service-Related Death: The veteran's death must be attributed to a service-connected disability or condition.
  • Marriage and Dependency: The widow must have been married to the veteran at the time of their death, and any minor children must also meet certain criteria.

Taxation and Medicare Savings Program

Both Social Security survivor benefits and VA compensation are generally considered taxable income. However, the exact tax implications depend on various factors, including your overall income and filing status. It's advisable to consult a tax professional to determine how these benefits will affect your individual tax situation.

When it comes to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), the eligibility criteria primarily revolve around income and assets. While Social Security survivor benefits and VA compensation are considered income, they may or may not count toward the income threshold for MSP eligibility in your state. It's crucial to check with your state's Medicaid office to understand how these benefits affect your eligibility for the MSP.

For more information on Social Security and VA compensation, as well as other financial resources for widows, please visit our website at

California Seniors Services

California Seniors Services
Posted August 2023

No better time to get some free or low-cost help

Prices are going up and food help for the seniors is going down.

There are several free food and other benefit programs for seniors available in the state of California that can help seniors access nutritious food and other services, regardless of their income level. Here are a few programs and their corresponding websites where seniors can find more information and apply:

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Securing Your Legacy: Essential Steps to Prepare for Retirement

Securing Your Legacy: Essential Steps to Prepare for Retirement
Posted July 2023

Retirement is a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, but it's also crucial to ensure that your affairs are in order to protect your loved ones. In this blog, we'll outline the essential steps you should take to get ready for retirement, ensuring your wishes are known and your assets are protected.

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