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When To Move A Parent Into An Assisted Living Facility

Carrier Alert Program

When an aging parent needs help with activities of daily living, because of dementia or another condition, making the decision about a transition to assisted living or a skilled nursing facility can be very difficult. Both physical limitations and mental deterioration can come on slowly, and it can be hard for a close family member to judge how much has changed. There is also often a psychological obstacle to stepping …

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April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to raise public consciousness about autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Join the global autism community and Light it Up Blue on April 2, 2016.  Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Chuck Grassley of Iowa have introduced legislation to help the families of loved ones with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions that make people prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law …

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Credits and Deductions for Senior Retirees

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There are several tax credits and deductions that senior retirees should be aware of, as they can help you save money on taxes. Higher Standard Deduction First of all, you should know that if you are claiming the standard deduction rather than itemizing, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction if you were 65 or older by December 31 of the tax year for which you are reporting. If …

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Reversing Social Security Claims

Medicaid Allowance

Workers approaching the age of 62 have a choice to make with regard to Social Security: It is possible to take early retirement benefits and start collecting Social Security at age 62, rather than waiting for your full retirement age, which is 66 for people retiring now. However, taking early retirement means that your benefits will be 25 percent less than they would have been if you waited. In addition, …

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US Dept of Treasury Warns of Suspicious Calls & Tax Scams

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With tax preparation season upon us, the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of an aggressive and sophisticated scam being perpetrated by con artists posing as IRS agents. Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), said that since October 2013, there had been nearly 900,000 scam calls reported, and roughly $26.5 million was lost by about 5,000 victims. The scammers typically call on …

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NYC Seniors Have Access to the Carrier Alert Program

New York City Seniors

Seniors who live alone may be at risk of falling or becoming ill and being unable to reach a telephone, so no one will know they need help. To protect seniors from these circumstances, the New York City Department for the Aging makes available a program called Carrier Alert. When a senior voluntarily enrolls in the Carrier Alert program and submits emergency contact information, a sticker is placed inside their …

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What Happens When a Will is Missing?

Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter of “E.T.” and ex-wife of Harrison Ford, died from cancer in November, and her will has gone missing, leaving uncertainty over who will inherit her $22 million estate. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Mathison had written a will, but the original copy could not be located by her business manager. In this case, Mathison’s wishes may still be adhered to, as much of her …

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Details Are Important With Required Minimum Distributions

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If you have an IRA and you are age 70 1/2 or older, then you must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your account, or pay a penalty. While that may sound simple enough, there are important details to be aware of. RMDs are required for IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension), and inherited IRAs. Owners of Defined Contribution Accounts may not have …

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