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Senior News and Resources for February 2021

Released: 2/1/2021

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Resources to meet the needs of older adults, their families, caregivers and other service providers within the community, health and elder care network.

 1.)  Beware of Robocalls, Texts and Emails Promising COVID-19 Cures or Stimulus Payments

Coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself. As of January 12th 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had logged more than 317,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments, 69 percent of them involving fraud or identity theft. Learn how you can protect yourself:

 2.)  AARP Urges 'Full-Scale Mobilization' to Vaccinate Older Americans

After a letter to Health and Human Services, Secretary Alex Azar Asks States to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccines for People 65 and Over. Learn more:

 3.)  Western Reserve Area on Aging - Aging and Disability Resource Center

The experts of the ADRC are available to provide information, assistance, and referrals to help connect you to the long-term services and support you need. Learn more:

 4.)  Timeline: When Ohioans Can Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

The expanded vaccination effort is the start of "Phase 1B," according to the state government. Most Ohioans still aren't on the list, but some K-12 teachers and people over the age of 65 will become eligible early in the year. Here's what we know so far. Learn more:

 5.)  5 Tips To Assist Seniors During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) has deemed older adults among the people who are at a higher risk for severe illness. As a country, our daily lives have changed to follow CDC, state and federal mandates. Here are 5 Tips To Assist Senior Citizens During COVID-19: Learn more:

 6.)  Alexa Can Help You Look Out For Loved Ones With "Care Hub"

Care Hub is a free feature in the Alexa app that gives you new ways to remotely check in on parents or loved ones. With an Echo device at your loved one's home and the Alexa app on your phone, you'll know they're up and active. You can also get notified if they ask Alexa for help. It's a simple way to feel close even when you're apart. Learn more:

 7.)  The Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults

In this report from the University of Utah, Health geriatric experts discuss ways older adults have been disproportionately impacted by the virus and how to provide emotional support to this population. Learn more:

 8.)  What Seniors Can Expect When COVID Vaccines Begin to Roll Out

Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are on the way. What should older adults expect? Learn more:

 9.)  Want to Keep Your Brain Sharp in Old Age? Go Back to School

New research shows the brain has the ability to function well — and even excel — in old age. The secret? Keep learning. "Just playing Scrabble is not enough. It doesn't push hard enough," one study participant said. Learn more:

 10.)  Basics of Computer Literacy for Seniors

We are in the age of computers or information that is brought about by the Digital Revolution. The introduction of computers has made life easier for many people, although they have also rendered many people jobless. In this article, we will talk about the basics of computer literacy which make your life easier. Learn more:

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