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Financial Health and Wellness Description

Did you know that research shows there is a direct relationship between physical and financial health? Individuals with high financial stress are twice as likely to report poor health overall, and are four times as likely to report fatigue, depression or other ailments. Because of this, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to serving all aspects of wellbeing, not only physical, mental, emotional and behavioral, but also financial health and wellness. We have free resources and services available through our subsidiary ESOP to help you achieve and maintain financial wellness and housing stability, including:

  • Housing counseling
  • Senior financial empowerment
    • Resources and referrals for financial benefits such as Medicare, legal aid or vision care
    • Property tax loan
    • Financial education workshops to help plan for unexpected life events and protect against fraud, abuse and poor credit
    • One-on-one financial counseling
  • Advocacy on your behalf with credit services and loan companies to assure your records are accurate and you are receiving a fair and manageable repayment plan
  • Income tax prep

With our support, you can empower yourself to reach a secure financial future and stay educated on the issues most important to your financial wellbeing.

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Financial Options for Renters and Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

Every emergency requires a nuanced response, and the impacts of this pandemic, both short-term and long-term, are difficult to anticipate with certainty at this time. However, history demonstrates time and again that those that are most vulnerable even in times of economic and social stability generally suffer the greatest in times of turmoil. For those of us who are struggling to make our mortgage and rental payments, there are resources and up-to-date information available to help.

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By Antoinette Smith | 07/15/2020

Recognizing COVID-19 Scams

As COVID-19 impacts lives around the world, we may feel vulnerable, confused and in need of information, whether on how to keep ourselves and loved ones safe, or how to help support the doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to save lives. Sadly, the uncertainty of the times has also given rise to people who seek to take advantage of this vulnerability and confusion through scams, misinformation and false promises of cures and treatments. Our older loved ones may be particularly vulnerable to these scams as well. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), adults over the age of 60 lose money to scams at twice the rate of people between 20 and 59.

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2020

Tax Tips for Older Adults for the 2019 Tax Season: Understanding Qualified Medical Expenses

While most people agree that it’s hard to look forward to the paperwork and headache of tax season, for older adults managing medical bills, taking advantage of tax deductibles can be financially beneficial. According to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other government programs on average will cover about 80 percent of an older adult’s healthcare costs; however, this leaves 20 percent of costs financed out-of-pocket, and for older adults who are from low income households, retired or on a budget, this can take a huge bite out of their savings.

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By Julie Hayes | 03/19/2020

What We Can Do about Robocalls

The term robocall has been around since the 1990s, but in the last few years, they’ve become an ever-present part of our lives. According to the YouMail Robocall Index, in 2018, 47.8 billion robocalls were placed in the US, and just in the first half of 2019, 34 billion calls were made. You’re not imagining that it’s gotten worse – it has.

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By Jessica Bibbo | 02/17/2020

Decision-Making With Your Older Loved One: Choosing a Power of Attorney Agent

Establishing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or Finances can give our loved ones the ability to control who makes important health care or financial decisions for them if their physician declares they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Having a Power of Attorney is important because it assures our loved ones have someone who can act on their behalf and, ideally, respect their wishes. However, with this power comes responsibility, and sometimes this responsibility can be abused by those who do not have our loved ones’ best interests at heart. Before choosing a Power of Attorney agent, our loved ones should not only make sure the person they are considering is someone they can comfortably express their wishes and preferences to, but also that the agent is trustworthy enough to make decisions that are best for our loved ones.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 01/15/2020

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