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Information, updates and interesting tidbits from across the country and around the world

  • Warn grandparents about a common scam
  • The average caregiver puts in 77 hours a month
  • Seniors are more generous, say experts

Protect Seniors From "The Grandparent Scam"

Senior woman worried about a phone call from a crook

"Grandma, help! I'm in jail and need bail money — but don't tell Mom and Dad!" September 10 is Grandparents Day, a great time to raise awareness of a scam that has swept the nation for years and has lately targeted a whole new generation. How do these criminals operate? A grandparent receives a phone call or email from someone who claims to be a grandchild. (Sometimes, the caller claims to be a police officer, lawyer, doctor or other person.) The fake grandchild states that they have gotten into a bad situation, and asks the victim to wire money ASAP. These crooks are very skilled at fooling people of any age — but they most often target older adults. If you have seniors in your life, warn them about this scam, which is particularly cruel because it takes advantage of a grandparent’s love. To get the conversation started, here is a video recommended by the U.S. Administration for Community Living that you can watch together.

Report: Caregivers Provide 77 Hours of Care Each Month

Today, most older adults prefer to receive care at home — yet they need more and more help to be safe and healthy in that environment. While services are available, many seniors fail to take advantage of them, instead relying on care provided by family members. A recent report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College revealed that these family members often put their own physical and financial health at risk. The study authors report that caregivers provide an average of 77 hours of care each month — the equivalent of two weeks of full-time work. They also project that more and more of us will be providing care as the baby boomers move into their 80s, and remind us that "the amount of care provided is highest when the children are the oldest, and, therefore, more vulnerable to having health issues of their own." Read the entire report here.

Generosity Grows with Age, Say Researchers

"You kids get off my lawn!" There’s a persistent cliché that older adults are crabby and miserly. But a new psychological study from the National University of Singapore revealed that, in fact, seniors are more generous. Explained Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, "Greater generosity was observed among senior citizens possibly because as people become older, their values shift away from purely personal interests to more enduring sources of meaning found in their communities." The team reported that as people age, they are more likely to volunteer, are more interested in the environment, and put less emphasis on wealth. The authors speculated that neurological changes could account for this — as well as our deep need for purpose in life as we age. Said Prof. Yu, "Our findings shed light on the age-related changes among the elderly, and provide an understanding of why they are more inclined to lend a helping hand to strangers. Providing older adults with more opportunities to help others is not only beneficial to our society, but it might also be a boon to the well-being of older adults themselves."

Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners; copyright 2017