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Policy Battles and an Angel: The Story Behind Clarence M. Triplett’s Obituary

On April 21, the Vicksburg Post published a short obituary for Clarence M. Triplett, a Korean War veteran, great-grandfather and former client of John Merrell’s Amada Senior Care office in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Triplett had passed away at the age of 83 on April 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife Warrene, two brothers, one son, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The final lines of Mr. Triplett’s obituary said, “The family would like to extend their many thanks to Marissa, his caregiver, from Amada Senior Care and St. Joseph Hospice and their staff for taking such good care of…

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Preventing Elder Abuse

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An estimated 5 million seniors are victims of elder abuse each year. According to The National Center on Elder Abuse, one in every 10 people over 60 who lives at home suffers some form of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Elder abuse is generally defined as any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to a senior. All 50 states have passed various elder abuse prevention laws, and while definitions vary from state to state, elder abuse is broadly defined by the following categories: Physical Abuse: results in injury, pain or impairment (e.g. assault, battery, restraint) Sexual Abuse: non-consensual…

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Halloween and Fall Activities for Seniors

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As the summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to change, the fall season brings plenty of opportunities for seniors to make new memories with their loved ones and friends. Seniors who enjoy gardening can plant mums, asters, and bulbs for the upcoming spring season. The crisp air and fall foliage makes walks more enjoyable, and let’s not forget how fun it can be to watch a grandchild make that tackle or touchdown as football season begins. With fall comes the first big celebration of the holiday season – Halloween. Whether a senior lives at home or in…

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Avoiding Senior Identity Theft and Financial Scams

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Each year, more than 12 million Americans have their identities stolen. Of all identity theft victims, the senior population is the biggest demographic affected. According to the 2014 annual report from the Federal Trade Commission, 36 percent of all identity theft victims were 50 or older. The same report stated that 49 percent of the mature market are victims of fraud. The average cost to each identity theft victim is $1,500, but this can be much more depending on what type of theft has taken place. Victims spend an average of 12 hours per incident resolving identity fraud, and the…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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