Sometimes when you see something all the time, you actually stop seeing it. On the fast paced stretch of road known as State Road (Route 6) in Dartmouth, MA a little red building is nestled among the strip malls. You probably have seen it a hundred times but have never gone inside. We recently installed a new shed and we thought a cupola would look nice. So immediately we headed our way down to Cape Cod Cupola. I must say, I was so impressed. The selection of cupolas and weather vanes are amazing. I really wish I could have bought them all! The quality is absolutely amazing. Owned and operated by the Bernier family since 1939, they sell cupolas, finials and weather-vanes and are built with incomparable craftsmanship using all USA made materials. They have patterns for over 350 designs, and offer every one of them in 5 different sizes! Like any artist, each weather-vane is hand crafted, signed and dated by the skilled crafts-person who made it. But, unlike any other weather-vane manufacturer, Cape Cod Cupola's weather-vanes come with a lifetime guarantee! They will even do custom designs for their clients!
For more information, please visit them at 78 State Road (Route 6) in North Dartmouth, MA or call them at 508-994-2119. can also visit them on the web by clicking here or follow them on Facebook by clicking here!
Today, most cell phones have a built-in camera so we are able to see the photos immediately. That's great if you need to do a re-take immediately. The problem is that we forget about the pictures and never get them developed! So, what happens if your phone gets lost or stolen? Say good bye to your pictures! The best thing to do is to upload either your digital camera or cell phone to your computer and get it developed through Snapfish! It is so easy to do and you don't have to be a computer genius to do it! In addition to developing pictures, I have used Snapfish to make Christmas photo cards, a photo book and even a canvas print! I have had so much fun being creative with pictures! Best part? I can do it from the convenience of my home and it gets delivered right to my house! Snapfish always has promotions always going on, whether it is free shipping or doubles or free 8x10. If you haven't used Snapfish, I suggest you try them today by clicking here!
With the difficult economic times we are experiencing, we are also experiencing an unfortunate increase in elder abuse. Financial exploitation takes many forms. Those include taking money or property, forging an older person's signature and getting an older person to sign a deed or will through deception or coercion.
Family members can be undetected predators Most cases of financial exploitation involve family members. Usually it's someone who is dependent on Mom and Dad. They need that big pot of money. They're unemployable, or didn't try to work, or have substance abuse problems. They end up isolating Mom and Dad. The other kids are not sure what's going on. It's easy to transfer the house to their name or take out mortgages on the house. They might use some of the money for Mom and Dad, but they use some for themselves, too. Increased longevity is contributing to the problem. Children with a sense of entitlement grow increasingly impatient awaiting their inheritance. Southeastern Massachusetts has an elder abuse hotline: 1-800-922-2275. Signs of potential financial exploitation can include unpaid bills, withdrawals from bank accounts and transfers that the older person cannot explain. Sometimes a predator becomes the new "best friend," getting access to funds and bank accounts. Anyone can call the hotline and report the abuse. If you suspect an elder you know is being abused please call. An investigator will be assigned to look into the situation.
Pay attention to estate planning To guard against such problems, legal and financial advisers suggest taking care of estate planning early. Picking who you know and trust as health care agent and durable power of attorney is very important. Do it while you have the mental capacity to make the best possible decision for yourself. If possible, let other people know about it. If putting adult children in charge is problematic, consider hiring a third party -- an attorney, a CPA -- who is not emotionally attached. By planning early and letting everyone know what the plan is there is less chance that the senior will be taken advantage of in the future.
Some safety tips for seniors
To help older people protect their finances, we offers these tips:
Arrange for direct deposit of Social Security checks and other retirement benefits.
Do not give anyone access to your ATM cards or passwords.
Take great care in choosing someone to appoint as power of attorney and in completing or revising a will.
Be careful about permitting family, friends or tenants to live in your house. Have a written agreement about expectations of services to be performed or rent paid.
Treat home attendants like employees, not friends.
Keep valuables hidden if someone comes into the house on a regular basis.
Maintain contact with family, friends, neighbors and/or your community center. The more active you are, the less likely you are to be exploited.
In the fast paced world of ever changing technology, even I get confused with what is out there and how does it work. As much as we may hate technology sometimes, it does bring people together. Or does it? Traditionally, seniors are left out of the technology loop, which is a shame. To combat that, there is a new tool called the GrandPad which is a simple and secure tablet for elders! With the GrandPad, your loved one can have digital access to loved ones and friends: they can view photos, check the weather, play games and listen to music from their generation! Additionally, the GrandPad allows them to send voice emails, have video chats, have access to customer support and they can also take pictures and share them, too! It will give you piece of mind and help them to keep in contact with the family so they feel less alone! The GrandPad is a no-contract membership that includes: customer service and support, the tablet with applications, case and easy to charge docking station, damage and theft insurance, and a built-in wireless connection! How much is the cost? According to their website, it is $60/per month! Interested or want more information? You can learn more about the GrandPad by clicking here or go on to their Facebook Page by clicking here!