a Guide for Senior Citizens. by:ABDALLAH ELWAWI

Stats and Figures

The number of senior citizens is on the rise: In 2010, there were 40.3 million people aged 65 and above, comprising 13% of the overall population. (This total is 12 times the number it was in 1900, when this group constituted only 4.1% of the population.) By 2050, projections indicate the population over 65 will comprise 20.9% of the population.

Information abou tSENIOR CITIZENS

Elderly persons, usually more than sixty or sixty-five years of age. People in the United States who are more than sixty years of age are commonly referred to as senior citizens or seniors.

Other relevant information

We have all seen the general trend of moving away from newspapers, magazines and other print media to on-line news and entertainment, Facebook and Twitter. Today’s senior citizens, however, while embracing the Internet, cell phones and even Facebook, still rely on these more traditional forms to access information and be entertained. So, it’s fortunate that there are a number of interesting magazines available for and about seniors.

stories and examples

Every month, at a park in Sector 21, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, a merry group of senior citizens meet to talk, socialise and have fun. Called Humjoli (meaning ‘friend’ in Hindi), the group, with 105 members at the moment, works as an informal support group for senior citizens living in the area. Meena Vohra, a ceramic artist and one of the founders of the group, is in her late sixties and is an example of growing younger over the years. She, along with few other friends, felt there was a need for a group like this as many senior citizens lived alone or away from their children, who stay overseas or in other cities. Mrs Vohra and her friends Priya, Kanta, Veena, Deepak and Indu felt there was a need for community support and Humjoli was born.

s many senior citizens spend their retirement traveling with family, pursuing second careers or becoming more active in the community, con artists are creating devious schemes to prey on their accumulated wealth.

Even Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, 60, said he almost fell for a financial scam. A fraudster posing as an IRS agent called him and left a phone number for him to call back, but after he put the number into Google search, he learned it was a well-known scam. In January 2015, he said the IRS had recorded 290,000 scam calls since October 2013.

Michael Raanan, former IRS agent and president of Landmark Tax Group in California, says the IRS telephone scam is one of the most pervasive scams targeting seniors.


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