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Top 12 Reads from 2012

December 31, 2012

Did you miss any of these articles from NCOA? These are our 12 most popular stories from the past year. Read them again—or for the first time—and please share!

1. Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Discover the top 10 scams—and how to avoid them.

2. Sequester and Potential Older Americans Act Cuts

As the “fiscal cliff” loomed, this table offered a state-by-state breakdown of potential cuts to senior programs, including meals, supportive services, prevention, caregiver support, and elder abuse prevention.

3. 8 Myths about Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages can be a useful financial tool for older homeowners—but they’re not for everyone. Before considering one of these loans, it pays to know the myths and facts.

4. Republican Leaders Offer Bigger Cuts to Senior Programs

In a counter-offer to President Obama’s deficit reduction proposal, House Republican leaders proposed bigger cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and discretionary programs like the Older Americans Act.

5. Top 6 Policy Issues Affecting Seniors in 2012

With Congress back in session and the presidential election year in full swing in early 2012, NCOA outlined the top six issues that seniors should understand, track, and speak out on.

6. 6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall

NCOA compiled these useful tips on how to reduce an older adult’s risk of a fall.

7. 6 Resources for Family Caregivers

November was Family Caregivers Month. These resources can help family caregivers do their important job for their loved ones.

8. Tips to Stop Arthritis Pain

Developed with the help of the Arthritis Foundation, these tips help people who suffer with arthritis learn to manage the pain.

9. Election Means New Leaders on Aging Policy

Election defeats, retirements, and committee leadership term limits mean there will be some changes at the top of Congressional committees that oversee programs and benefits for older adults in 2013.

10. NCOA Offers 6 Tax-Time Tips for Seniors

How can older adults save as much as possible on taxes? Here are six tips to consider.

11. Medicare Open Enrollment Tips for Consumers

Whether you’re a person with Medicare, a caregiver, or professional helping clients to review their coverage options, these ideas helped guide open enrollment decisions.

12. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program State Profiles

How many people have participated in federally supported evidence-based health promotion programs in your state? How many older adults in your state have experienced a fall? Find out in these state profiles compiled by NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging.



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