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See and Report Scams
The AARP Fraud Watch Network Scam-Tracking Map shows scams reported in your area in real-time.
Report your scam to warn your neighbors and see what else has been reported near you.
LEARN THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE AND EXHAUSTION
Summer is here and extreme heat is one of the primary climate
hazards in Los Angeles.
Follow these helpful tips to keep yourself, loved ones, and pets safe from extreme heat this season. Learn more at Heat Relief 4 LA.
Package Delivery Problem? Maybe Not. Americans Are Swamped With Scam Texts
Criminals pretend to be USPS, FedEx and UPS, smishing for your personal info and money
By Christina Ianzito, AARP
June 15, 2023
You’ve surely received one (if not dozens) of these texts, noting that your U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx delivery has been kept on hold because of an issue with your address, insufficient postage, or nobody was home to receive it. Just visit [a link will usually be included here] to provide more information, pay for extra postage or reschedule delivery.
The link might take you to a legit-looking website, often with the logo of the delivery service and an actual tracking number, where you are asked to verify your address, and perhaps pay a small “redelivery fee.”
One caller to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline paid with her credit card — in her case the charge was 99 cents — and discovered later that she'd been charged $400.
Social Isolation and Loneliness
Please watch the following video message by our director, Dr. Laura Trejo.
June 16, 2023
Social Isolation and Loneliness Awareness Week, and the LA County Aging & Disabilities Department is dedicated to shining light on the pervasive issues of social isolation and loneliness, particularly among older and disabled adults.
Social isolation and loneliness can have detrimental effects on mental, emotional, and physical well-being, leading to increase risks of depression, anxiety, and other health challenges. This week serves as a vital opportunity to come together, share stories, and find ways to foster strong connections within our LA County community.
Together, we can build a more connected and supportive LA County for all.
LA County Aging & Disabilities Department
Biggest Medicare Changes for 2023
The new year brings a cap on insulin copays, free vaccines, lower premiums and more
by Dena Bunis, AARP,
January 3, 2023
Some of the biggest changes to Medicare in years take effect in 2023, with more than 65 million Americans paying lower premiums and deductibles and about to feel the effects of landmark legislation designed to bring down the runaway cost of prescription drugs.
In addition, a number of changes to improve the way Medicare beneficiaries can access behavioral health care will take effect in 2023. Changes could also be coming to telehealth. Some virtual services expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue, while others could be phased out if, as expected,
Medicare.gov / AARP
6 Steps to Get Emotionally Ready for Retirement
By Tamara E. Holmes,
March 10, 2023
In 2017, Craig Bradley retired from a career in human resources at the age of 63. After working for 40 years, he was ready to put the early-morning wakeup calls, work emails and draining commute behind him.
“For maybe two to three months I was like, ‘Oh, I’m traveling here,’ and ‘I’m seeing these friends,’ ” he recalls. “But after that initial euphoria started to wane away, I started feeling lost, without purpose — like, ‘What am I going to do with my day?’
9 Nutrients You Need More of As You Get Older
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By Nicole Pajer,
April 10, 2023
You strive to eat healthy and hit the gym when you can — or at least sneak out for a daily walk with the dog. But are you getting all the nutrients your body needs to function at its best? If you’re over 50, there’s a good chance you’re not. “In general, as we get older our ability to absorb many nutrients — vitamins and minerals and other bioactive components of foods — tends to wane,” says Howard D. Sesso, director of nutrition research and an associate epidemiologist at the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This, combined with a decrease in appetite that often comes with age, he explains, can often lead to nutritional deficiencies in older adults.
10 Worst Things to Carry in Your Wallet
By Katherine Skiba,
Published December 07, 2021
Updated April 12, 2023
In an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry’s neurotic friend George Costanza has so much stuff jam-packed into his wallet that it’s ridiculed as a “filing cabinet.” Walking down the street, Costanza the pack rat tries to stuff one more thing inside, and the billfold explodes, scattering its contents to the wind.
Jon Clay, vice president of threat intelligence for Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity firm, mentions the episode when talking about what consumers should not carry in their wallets lest they lose valuable information.