Scam artists aren’t the only threat seniors face. Deflated dollars can create hazardous situations, especially for those who have health problems that require daily maintenance medications.

Senior center workers and others who work in senior services say costs and limited income sometimes cause those on prescribed schedules to miss taking them. This could have dangerous consequences.


Scam artists aren’t the only threat seniors face. Deflated dollars can create hazardous situations, especially for those who have health problems that require daily maintenance medications.


Senior center workers and others who work in senior services say costs and limited income sometimes cause those on prescribed schedules to miss taking them. This could have dangerous consequences.


Officials with the Southern Oklahoma Development Association’s Area Agency on Aging said the practice can have dangerous consequences and family members need to intervene.


As an alternative, assistance can be obtained or recommended through www.eldercare.gov or by calling (800) 677-1116, a toll free service.


An equal concern surfaces with protecting retirement assets and using resources to supplement the income. In all circumstances, threats can be averted by careful investigation before making a commitment, a USA Today report states.

Investment recommendations:


• Put available monies in hard assets, federal investments, federally-backed bonds.


• Set aside an amount (for investment) that won’t affect your lifestyle.


• Be wary of unscrupulous advice — fast talkers promising high returns, safe accounts, secret investment tips and other promises.


• Exercise extreme caution and be skeptical about where the investment is placed and investigate carefully before signing any plan.