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Protecting Yourself and Your Medicare Coverage Article by Texas Senior Medicare Patrol Genetic testing scams are currently a widespread issue throughout the country. Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. What is Genetic Testing Fraud? Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a

Health Care Scams Cost Medicare Beneficiaries Billions Article by Senior Medicare Patrol The Medicare program and Medicare beneficiaries lose an estimated $60 to $90 billion each year to health care fraud as older adults are increasingly targeted by scam artists. This fact sheet provides basic information and tips you can use to help prevent health care fraud in your facility. Senior center and senior housing staff are in a unique position to help

Reduce Energy Costs with Help from Hill Country Community Action, Inc. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), VA Means-Tested Program Income, or otherwise qualify for assistance, you could receive free installation of weatherization materials and education. Services you may qualify for include: Ceiling, wall, and floor insulation Caulking/weather stripping Duct sealing/air infiltration measures Tune up or replacement of inefficient heating & cooling systems/appliances Refrigerator Energy Star Windows Water heater insulation

Living with Alzheimer's or caring for loved ones with dementia brings demands and may feel overwhelming. Too much stress affects your health and ability to function. Follow these 10 tips shared by the Alzheimer's Association to reduce stress and improve concentration and decision-making: Maintain a positive attitude. Acceptance is key–all you can control is how you react and adjust. People can’t help if they don’t know there is a problem–be

Caregiving Tips for Alzheimer's and Dementia Thanks again to Delia Jervier from the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for visiting AAACT at Central Texas Council of Governments this past week. Jervier shared great insight on caregiving for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. One point she discussed was that as loved ones digress, there is a tendency to revert to their native language, making communication with facility staff difficult. One example

Reduce Fall Risks for Seniors with Home Modifications From DailyCaring.com Hazards in the home can add up over time, increasing the risk for falls--a top reason why seniors loss independence and mobility. Check out a room-by-room modification guide from AARP that takes you through the entire house explaining specific changes that are necessary to keep seniors safe. Some highlights include: Good lighting, essential for seniors because aging eyes need much more light than