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  Memory Loss
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CARING for someone experiencing memory loss can be difficult. That’s why we employ experts who really understand and have a passion for caring for those who live with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
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cell phones, songs, or movies, only the newest models and latest releases seem to matter. If it’s been around for a while, it’s probably lost much of its value. Same with people.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
His smile was engaging, she thought.
This month I wanted to share with you an article from my friend John McGill, who tells about Carly, a rook- ie reporter, who had been assigned
a newspaper piece on aging, and her boss suggested she interview Jack, a Depression-era, nonagenarian who’d served in WWII. She cringed at the thought; rescheduling it several times and hoping it would eventually be for- gotten. No such luck!
“We tend to associate getting older with a decline in beauty, vitality, and appeal. But aging done well has the potential to be an enjoyable, inspiring, upgrade of self.”
As she entered the nursing home, she imagined an old man with memo- ries as cloudy as his eyes. What could she possibly learn from a lifetime of happy mediocrity now tinged with lone- liness?
“Done right, age brings wisdom, maturity and insight. With age comes experience, discernment, and perspec- tive. We become more empathetic. We develop the compassion to fully know and love others, and the confidence to relax into our best attributes.” Jack continued, “When you suddenly realize that you are, in fact, getting older, it’s still possible to age gracefully from there on out. All it takes is smart choic- es, well-directed energy and a desire for self-renewal. And when you shift your focus to what can be learned and created, you’ll gain a sense of hope
and excitement. If you tell me I’m going to live to be 120, I’d be worried that it’s not enough time. I’m excited about deepening my relationships with my family, deepening my spirituality, and writing my family histories.”
Jack greeted her with a welcoming smile. His eyes seemed eager to share a story of laughter, of joy, and affection. Carly would soon learn that Jack was so much more! “I consider myself a sen-ager,” he began without prompting. “I have everything I ever wanted as a teenager, only seven decades later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I have my own pad. And I don’t have acne. Life’s good!”
I think Jack does a great job of shar- ing his wisdom of the years with a new young friend, and reminds us to keep everything in perspective. Especially if we are going through a trying time, it’s good to know that life is so much big- ger than our current circumstances. Just ask Jack!
When Carly failed to laugh, Jack continued. “People my age don’t have many role models on aging elegantly because few live this long,” he contin- ued. “So, I’m still learning how to do this.” Slight chuckle.
“Nowadays, everything happens at the speed of youth. Whether it’s
Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel
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Rev. Dr. James Gysel, Special to Senior Times
 Updates On Your
Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times
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                                FIGHT SCAMMERS
 Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears. The most effective way to defeat scam- mers is to know how to identify scams and to ignore suspicious calls and emails.
One common tactic scammers use
is posing as federal agents and other law enforcement. They may claim your Social Security number is linked to a crime. They may even threaten to arrest you if you do not comply with their instructions. Here are three things you can do:
• Hang up right away or do not reply to
the email.
• Never give personal information,
• Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
• Demand secrecy from you in han- dling a Social Security-related prob- lem.
money, or retail gift cards.
• Report the scam at
immediately to Social Security’s law enforcement team at the Office of the Inspector General.
• Send official letters or reports con- taining personally identifiable infor- mation via email.
You should continue to remain vigilant of phone calls when someone says there’s a problem with your Social Security number or your benefits. If you owe money to Social Security, we will mail you a letter explaining your rights, payment options, and informa- tion about appealing.
If you do not have ongoing business with our agency, it is unlikely we will contact you. Again, if you get a suspi- cious call claiming to be from Social Security, you should hang up and report it right away to our Office of the Inspector General at
There are a few ways you can identi- fy a scam call or email. Remember that we will never:
Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You
can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 or via email at
• Threaten you with benefit suspen- sion, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
• Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.

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