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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Fraud and Abuse

  • Posted On July 12, 2018
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Written by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey:

One in five seniors has been the victim of a financial crime. Some lose money to fraudulent loan investment schemes and others fall prey to crooked telemarketers, phony charities and dishonest contractors.

It happened to my mother. A man called and told her he was a police officer and that her grandson was in jail. He told my mother that she needed to wire money overseas. He also told her not to tell anyone. If she did, his criminal activity certainly would have been uncovered. If this can happen to my mother, it can happen to anyone.

I am committed to prosecuting these cases and making sure criminals are punished. But I also want to prevent these kinds of financial crimes before they happen. The best way to stop fraud is through education.

Seniors and their families can reduce their chance of becoming victims by being informed and following basic rules to protect themselves. This information includes tips on fraud prevention that are simple but effective.

If you or a senior you know has been a fraud victim, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-(877) 4-R-SENIORS or 1-(877) 477-3646. For more information about the District Attorney’s Office, visit our website at
Jackie Lacey
District Attorney
Los Angeles County
CON ARTISTS USE MANY SCAMS: Con artists use a variety of ways to get their hands on your hard-earned life savings. They know that seniors possess an enormous concentration of wealth. They know that seniors, who were raised in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, were taught to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits. Often, seniors who live alone are targeted.
Scams take many forms and criminals use numerous ruses. Sometimes the criminal seems to be a friend – even a romantic interest. Unfortunately, in many cases, the people defrauding seniors are family members. Many con artists go door-to-door to find victims, running home-repair scams, investment schemes or soliciting donations for phony charities. Other criminals make their ill-gotten gains through the phone or Internet.
Some of these criminals may use friendly chatter or will drop the name of someone you know. Others use high-pressure tactics to get you to divulge your Social Security number, birth date, debit or credit card account and personal identification number or PIN.
Some phone scammers pretend to be police officers or government employees, and they concoct a variety of clever ploys. Others get to know their victims intimately, working over the course of months or years to get access to their assets. In some cases, family members take control of seniors’ finances for their own personal gain.
PREVENTION: It takes vigilance and preparation to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. You need to be aware that there are unscrupulous individuals who are trying to get rich by stealing from your life savings. Simple steps can be taken to make sure you do not become a victim of fraud. Often, it is as easy as hanging up the phone or saying: “No, thank you.”
Here are a few tips:
Don’t wire money to strangers, even if they say they are a police officer.
Don’t share identifying information such as Social Security and bank account numbers with unsolicited callers. An actual bank or credit card company will not ask for such information.
Don’t unlock or open the door to unknown, uninvited visitors.
Don’t let them in your home, even if they claim to be a police officer, utility worker or government employee. Use peep holes or intercoms to identify visitors before unlocking or opening a door.
Call police if a stranger lingers or refuses to leave your property or doorway area.
Screen your calls through an answering machine or caller ID system. Hang up the phone if you don’t know the caller.
Never buy anything over the phone unless you initiated the call.
Never open any email from an unknown sender, no matter what the subject line says. That email may allow the sender to hack into your personal information.
Shred unwanted past credit card bills, investment records, insurance policies, medical and tax records. Identity thieves dig through trash for these documents.
Verify the identities of strangers before starting a business transaction or making a donation. Don’t be fooled by deals that sound too good to be true.
LOOK FOR DANGER SIGNS: If you know or care for an older adult, here are some warning signs that may point to financial abuse:
There is unusual activity – such as withdrawals or new names added – on the person’s financial accounts.
The senior suddenly appears confused, unkempt and afraid. Essential bills are going unpaid.
The caregiver will not allow others access to the senior.
The residence contains many sweepstakes mailings, magazine subscriptions or free gifts. 
This may indicate that successful con artists previously have victimized the senior.


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Dehydration

  • Posted On June 19, 2018
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“Everyone needs water to survive. Water delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout our bodies. It protects and moistens organs and tissue, and carries wastes out of the body. Water also controls body temperature by making sweat to cool you down when you become hot. Our bodies lose fluids every day through urination, perspiration, and even when we breathe. These fluids need to be replaced. While every person’s body is different, most adults should drink about 8 glasses (1 glass = 8 ounces) of fluids every day, and most children over age four should drink about 6-10 glasses every day.

What is dehydration?

When your body does not have enough water or liquid, it cannot work the way it should. This is called dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses liquid more quickly than it is replaced. This can happen as a result of:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Increased perspiration caused by fever, exercise, or hot and humid weather
  • Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that increase urination (coffee, tea, or soda)
  • Taking certain medications that increase urination (diuretics, antihistamines or blood pressure medications)
  • Bladder infections or urinary tract infections
  • Eating certain foods (especially salty foods or broths)
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • The same things that commonly cause dehydration – diarrhea, vomiting, and increased sweating or urination – also cause your body to lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts and minerals (including sodium, potassium and chloride) that dissolve in your blood. A proper balance of electrolytes is necessary for cells, organs and the nervous system to function properly. Losing electrolytes during dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop, and make you feel dizzy or lightheaded.

How can I tell if someone is dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration can be mild or severe. If someone is dehydrated, he or she may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness, especially when moving or standing up
  • A dry, sticky mouth
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark urine
  • An inability to produce sweat or tears
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Sleepiness, tiredness or confusion
  • Chills

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always the best gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children or older adults. The color of a person’s urine may be a better indicator. Clear or light-colored urine usually means that a person is well-hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color signals they are not drinking enough water.

What should I do if someone I support is dehydrated?”

Read more here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: May is National Stroke Awareness Month

  • Posted On May 10, 2018
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Stroke Awareness

“May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. What happens when someone experiences a stroke and what occurs on the way to and at the hospital, is the focus of this year’s National Stroke Awareness Month video.

Save a life by having a better understanding of stroke and by knowing what signs and symptoms to look for.

Source here>

National Stroke Association website here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Fall Prevention

  • Posted On March 9, 2018
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From the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence:

“Successful fall prevention involves the three main strategies of: balance training and physical activity; medical management; and, environmental/home modifications. Whether you are a service provider, an interested individual, a caregiver, or an educator/researcher, remember that a combination of all three interventions are necessary to prevent falls in the home and out in the community.

Are you concerned about a family member or friend falling? Are you an informal or paid caregiver? Do you want to know more about common problems that contribute to falls, and learn about simple steps to prevent them? Do you wish to learn about assistive devices or environmental/home modifications that can reduce the risks for falling?”

Read more here>

Care4You is concerned about safety and know that we offer a Free Home Safety Evaluation in our efforts to prevent falls from occurring in and about the home!

Call us today:(909) 599-0555 or Toll-free: (855) 599-4888


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Heart Health February 2018

  • Posted On February 16, 2018
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“Heart disease is the No.1 killer in the world. Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability. Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans.

The American Heart Association wants everyone to understand the threat – and to know that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are largely preventable.
Risks can be lowered by adhering to what we call Life’s Simple 7…”
1. Get active
2. Control cholesterol
3. Eat better
4. Manage blood pressure
5. Lose weight
6. Reduce blood sugar
7. Stop smoking

See more about each one here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: National Wear Red Day February 2, 2018

  • Posted On February 8, 2018
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National Wear Red Day®

What is Go Red For Women?

“In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

What is the goal of Go Red For Women?

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

In 2010, the AHA set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.”

See more here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Medication (Mis)Management

  • Posted On January 21, 2018
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Managing Your Prescription Medication

“As a senior living independently, you may be juggling multiple medications as part of your health care routine. Of course, it’s important to take your meds as prescribed by your doctor, but if you have a lot of different prescriptions to manage, it can get complicated. You can make life easier by setting up a medication schedule to help you take your medications properly and help you get the most benefit from them.

Why It’s Important to Stick to Your Medication Schedule

Doctors will tell you that you must take medications exactly as prescribed, because taking them incorrectly can lead to problems. For example, taking multiple medications that aren’t timed properly — before or after a meal, etc., might lead to a drug interaction, or the drug might not work as well as it should. On days when you’re feeling on top of the world, you might feel like skipping a day or two of your medication. Conditions such as blood pressure and cholesterol, however, may exhibit no symptoms, and you could aggravate the condition without even knowing it. Until your doctor okays discontinuing a medication, you need to stick to your prescribed medication schedule.

Tips for Taking Your Medication Properly

Yale Medical Group offers a number of tips to make it easier to manage your medication schedule and to make sure that your doctors and pharmacists know everything you’re taking and when you’re taking it. They suggest you make a list of all medications and supplements (vitamins, herbs, etc.) and give a copy to all your doctors and pharmacists. The FDA recommends that you keep a list with you at all times (in your purse or wallet).

Here are some ways you can stay on top of your medication schedule:

Make a master list of all your medications. Write them down in the order you take them from morning to night. Beside each medication, list any special instructions such as “take on an empty stomach,” “take with food,” or “take at bedtime.”

Use a divided pill case, and put all medications for one day in each compartment. Be sure to keep the pill case where you’ll see it throughout the day and out of the reach of small children. Or invest in an automatic medication dispensing service to help make sure you’re always taking the correct dosage. See here>

Set an alarm for medication time with your watch, phone, or kitchen timer in case you get involved in something and lose track of the time.

If you find that your medication schedule is running your life or if it’s just ridiculously complicated, take the list to your doctor and ask if there’s a way to simplify it — maybe you could take your medicine twice a day instead of throughout the day.

These tips can help make sure you remember to take your medication correctly and at the proper time. When you follow your medication schedule and take your medication as directed, you’re meeting your doctor halfway in reaching your mutual goal — ensuring that you feel your absolute best and get the most out of life.”



Lilacs & Greensleeves: Depression in our Seniors

  • Posted On December 15, 2017
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Depression is not a normal part of growing older!

“Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

Depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.

~How do I know if it’s depression?

Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or she may also experience–

Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness

Irritability, restlessness

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable

Fatigue and decreased energy

Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

Overeating or appetite loss

Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

~How is depression different for other adults?

Older adults are at increased risk. We know that about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and

50% have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer)

or whose function becomes limited.

Older adults are often misdiagnosed and under-treated. Healthcare providers may mistake an older adult’s symptoms of

depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age, and therefore not see the

depression as something to be treated. Older adults themselves often share this belief and do not seek help because they don’t

understand that they could feel better with appropriate treatment.

~How many older adults are depressed?

The good news is that the majority of older adults are not depressed. Some estimates of major depression in older people

living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to

11.5% in older hospital patients.”

~How do I find help?

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dementia Awareness October 2017

  • Posted On October 17, 2017
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Dementia Awareness

As you can see, there are several types of Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful website to go to and find great information on this multifaceted disease such as:

“What is Alzheimer’s ~ What is Dementia ~ Diagnosis ~ Stages ~ Treatment”

About Dementia:

“Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.”

Read more here>

And you can know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s opposed to what is typical!!

See them here>

What are the risk factors?

Age and Family History are two!

Let’s stand together in the fight to end Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia!

Knowledge is power!!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Scams & Fraud

  • Posted On July 11, 2017
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Scams and Fraud

“There seems tobe a day when  never we don’t hear about, or someone doesn’t experience, a scam or fraud in one way or another. From the young to the elderly, these crimes can have a devastating affect on all of us!

See the different ways we all have to remain on alert for this ever growing problem…”