June 2024

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2024

Join Us on June 12, 2024 as we Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

Launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed annually on June 15. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

 

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Area Agencies on Aging around Florida will be hosting an educational webinar on June 12, 2024 at 10:30am. Professionals in the field of elder rights will present on how to spot, report and prevent Elder Abuse.

 

This event is open and free to the public; however, we ask that you register to participate. You can register for the webinar by clicking on this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udOirqzsoGtDFjBaAeMAQ00QwswHWZOcW#/registration


Prioritizing Dignity, Safety, and Wellbeing for Older Survivors of All Identities

 

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) team is reflecting on how the growing diversity of the older adult population impacts our work with older adults and survivors of abuse in later life and elder abuse.

 

By now, you’ve likely heard that the U.S. population is rapidly aging. The year 2024 marks the beginning of the Peak 65® Zone, which is the largest surge of older Americans turning 65 in our nation’s history. Approximately 4.1 million Americans are turning 65 this year and every year through 2027. This means from 2024-2027, nearly 11,200 adults will celebrate their 65th birthday each day. By 2034, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history and by 2060, nearly one quarter of the U.S. population is predicted to be aged 65 years or older.

 

This is important, because as our country ages, the older population is also becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. U.S. population estimates predict that by 2040, the population of older adults from racial or ethnic minorities will increase by 105% (compared to a 26% increase of older white, not Hispanic, adults) and that older adults from racial or ethnic minorities will account for 34% of all older adults in the US. Ethnic health disparities are also expected to play a greater role in shaping the overall health of the U.S. older population. Further, projections show that there will be more older adults from traditionally marginalized communities such as individuals who are LGBTQIA+ or disabled.

 

As America ages, the rates of abuse in later life will undoubtedly increase. These demographic trends reinforce an urgent and critical need to prioritize measures that ensure the dignity, safety, and quality of life of all older adults and make certain that services are accessible to older survivors of all identities.

 

On this WEAAD, we invite you to join NCALL in developing a personal understanding of intersectionality and deepening your awareness of systemic oppressions that harm older survivors and impede healing and justice. begin to understand areas of personal growth related to using an intersectional lens when working with older adults.

 

We encourage you to further your exploration and learning, by visiting NCALL’s WEAAD syllabus  with several resources for your review. While these resources don’t all explicitly address abuse in later life, they offer opportunities to learn about some common systemic barriers faced by older survivors of abuse as well as hear from the voices and perspectives of those most marginalized. Our intent is to share with you our journey to learn and unlearn so that we may become better attuned to the needs of a growing and increasingly diverse older adult population.

 

 

Resources: https://www.ncall.us/2024/05/16/weaad-2024/

https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/ncall/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/16104512/WEAAD-Syllabus-2024.pdf


Senior Medicare Patrol

How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud and Abuse


Did you know that the best way to protect yourself from Medicare fraud and abuse is to prevent it before it happens? Though the following preventive steps are common sense, too few beneficiaries observe them.



Things You Can Do:

  • Ask questions when you see your doctor. You have the right to know and understand everything about your care, including how much it costs.
  • Keep a record of the dates of Medicare services you received. Obtain a free copy of My Health Care Tracker from your local SMP office or call 800-963-5337.
  • Review your Medicare Summary Notice (if you have Original Medicare Parts A and B) or your Evidence of Coverage (Medicare Advantage Plans) as soon as it arrives and compare it with what you wrote in My Health Care Tracker to ensure that you received the services or products listed, they were actually ordered by your doctor, and there was no duplicate billing.
  • Report any billing errors or questions to your medical provider’s office.
  • Report any suspected fraud or abuse to your local SMP office (800-963-5337).


Things You Should Never Do:

  • Never share your Medicare number with anyone except your medical provider. Period! Treat your Medicare card like a credit card.
  • Do not respond to any phone calls, texts, or emails asking for your Medicare number—even if you are offered free services or they claim to be from Medicare. Medicare will never call you unprompted and ask for your personal information.


How Your Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Can Help

Your local SMP is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse, DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse, and REPORT your concerns. SMPs use trained senior volunteers to help educate and empower fellow seniors in the fight against healthcare fraud. Your SMP can also assist you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse you observe. It provides information and educational presentations, too.


To contact your local SHINE Senior Medicare Patrol Program:

Visit www.floridashine.org or call the Elder Helpline 866-467-4624


SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is offered locally by Advantage Aging Solutions.

SHINE provides free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health choices.

Cost savings could be yours too through the Medicare Savings Programs and the Extra Help Program.


FREE Fire HD Tablets still available!

There's time to sign up for classes this June through October

 

Advantage Aging Solutions is still providing hundreds of FREE online classes each month through their partnership with GetSetUp!

 

We have a promotion that started a few months ago for all of our registered users! Each user who completes 15 classes over the course of two months will be awarded a FIRE HD Tablet at no cost.

 

This promotion runs in two-month intervals: May and June, July and August, September and October. The 15 classes must be completed within one of those two-month time frames. Once completed, we will contact the users to let them know they qualify for the promotion and coordinate the FIRE HD Tablet giveaway.

 

Topics include: Fitness, Travel, Cooking, Finance and so much more! Have fun and go experience all the classes that GetSetUp has to offer!!

 

If you’ve completed your classes for March - May, Advantage Aging Solutions will be in touch with your soon so you can claim your free tablet!

 

Click Here to sign up: https://www.getsetup.io/partner/NorthFlorida

 

For more information on this promotion, please visit our website.

If you have further questions, please reach out to Advantage Aging Solutions staff member:

 Marc Moncrief at 850-488-0055.

 

** Only ONE tablet per person will be awarded for the duration of this promotion.

** In order to track your classes and be eligible for a free tablet, all learners MUST register on the GetSetUp Partner link at https://www.getsetup.io/partner/NorthFlorida


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