Elder E-Letter August 2016 How to Stop Junk Mail and Prevent Mail Fraud Millions of seniors get bombarded with unwanted junk mail these days, includ


Elder E-Letter August 2016

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How to Stop Junk Mail and Prevent Mail Fraud

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Millions of seniors get bombarded with unwanted junk mail these days, including mail fraud schemes that you need to be particularly leery of. Here’s how you can stop junk mail and prevent mail fraud.

Senior Alert
While junk mail comes in many different forms–credit card applications, sweepstakes entries, magazine offers, coupon mailers, donation requests, political fliers, catalogs and more–the most troublesome type that all seniors need to beware of is mail fraud. This is the junkiest of junk mail that comes from con artists who are only trying to take your money.

Mail fraud can be tricky to detect because there are many different types of schemes out there that may seem legitimate. Some of the most common mail scams targeting seniors today are fake checks (see fakechecks.org), phony sweepstakes, foreign lotteries, free prize or vacation scams, donation requests from charities or government agencies that don’t exist, get-rich chain letters, work-at-home schemes, inheritance and investment scams, and many more. If you’re getting any type of junk mail that is asking for money in exchange for free gifts or winnings, or if you’re receiving checks that require you to wire money, you need to call the U.S. Postal Inspector Service at 877-876-2455 and report it, and then throw it away.

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Senior Fraud Protection Kit

The Home Instead Senior Care® network has launched the Protect Seniors from Fraud
public education program and created this Senior Fraud Protection Kit.

Click here to view this great toolkit.


July 4 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch observed Independence Day.


July 11 Carol presented I love My Kids But Do I have to Live with Them? for OASIS at Alicia Treviño López Senior One-Stop.

July 26 Carol presented Who Decides? Guardianship and Powers of Attorney at
OASIS at Morningside.

Coming Up

Aug 2 Carol delivers Getting Your Affairs in Order at Isle at Watercrest Alamo Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Aug 11-12 Carol attends UT Law’s Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference in Galveston, TX.

Aug 15 Carol presents Do I need Estate Planning? I don't have any money. Carol will talk about how you can save a lot of family heartache by making decisions on who gets what with an estate plan. OASIS at Normoyle Community Center.

Aug 15 Carol discusses the legal aspects of Alzheimer's at the Northside Learning Center.

Aug 30 Carol discusses the importance of Powers of Attorney for the Alamo Caregiver Support Coalition at The Village at Incarnate Word.

Come Join The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch for Some Exiciting September Events!

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2016 San Antonio Walk to End Alzheimer's

Unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

Date: September 17, 2016
Registration at 7:30am | Ceremony at 9am | Walk at 9:30am
Route Length: 2 miles
Location: AT&T Center

Come walk with us. We're registered under The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch. Check out our Walkpage.

Click here to map it.


Click the Invitation to RSVP

Book of the Month: The Help

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In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

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Senior of the Month: Tao Porchon-Lynch


There are some things that we hope to accomplish in a lifetime, and there are some people who accomplish enough for multiple lifetimes; Tao Porchon-Lynch is one of the latter. The 97-year-old Master Yoga instructor was named the World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2012, and she’s only achieved more since then.

Turning 98 next month, Porchon-Lynch is in no rush to slow down. Instead, the yoga teacher turned ballroom dancer is moving full-speed ahead, with her next destination being a world ballroom competition in France. She pursued her most recent passion for dancing at the age of 90, and even published a book about the spiritual experience titled Dancing Light. And she still hasn’t quit teaching her eight yoga classes per week.

Positivity is something that motivates Porchon-Lynch, who told CBS, “I never put anything negative in my mind, so I start off by smiling at life.” It’s a lesson she might have learned from the spiritual milestones she reached at a young age. At 12, the world traveler marched with Mahatma Ghandi for the first of two demonstrations she participated in. She recalls on her website that the “little funny-looking person” was actually her uncle’s good friend, who contributed to her spirit of activism and equality. Furthermore, her angst against Nazism during WWII motivated her involvement in the French Resistance under General Charles de Gaulle.

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