SMP cautions folks to be wary of charities asking for money

Many of you are probably getting requests for end-of-the-year giving. If you are considering a donation to a charity, your Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol warns you to be wary. Charities use the phone, face-to-face contact, email, and the Internet. So do the scammers. The Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to keep you safe from scammers: Ask for the charity’s exact name, address, and phone number. –Research the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam.” –Call the Read More

Proper nutrition can keep you in balance

Care Connection for Aging Services Nutritionist Eric Messer reminds seniors that a nutritious diet may provide balance in more than one way. He provides these nutrition tips to prevent falls: –Stay hydrated. Drink small drinks throughout the day rather than gulping large glasses of water. Five 8-ounce glasses a day is a good start. Coffee, tea, alcohol and protein drinks all have diuretic effects; thus they don’t count. Milk, fruit and fruit juices have high water content. If you stay Read More

Pension Rights project can help you find retirement dollars

If you have questions about any pension, the South Central Pension Rights Project probably has your answer. Pension counselors can help you make more informed decisions about your pension or retirement savings plan. The program, which is provided free to participants, has helped thousands of people recover millions of dollars in retirement benefits. Pension counseling projects are run by nonprofit organizations and are funded under the Older Americans Act. They are staffed by experts who can track down missing retirement Read More

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