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Financial Health and Wellness Description

Did you know that research shows there is a direct relationship between physical and financial health? Individuals with high financial stress are twice as likely to report poor health overall, and are four times as likely to report fatigue, depression or other ailments. Because of this, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to serving all aspects of wellbeing, not only physical, mental, emotional and behavioral, but also financial health and wellness. We have free resources and services available through our subsidiary ESOP to help you achieve and maintain financial wellness and housing stability, including:

  • Housing counseling
  • Senior financial empowerment
    • Resources and referrals for financial benefits such as Medicare, legal aid or vision care
    • Property tax loan
    • Financial education workshops to help plan for unexpected life events and protect against fraud, abuse and poor credit
    • One-on-one financial counseling
  • Advocacy on your behalf with credit services and loan companies to assure your records are accurate and you are receiving a fair and manageable repayment plan
  • Income tax prep

With our support, you can empower yourself to reach a secure financial future and stay educated on the issues most important to your financial wellbeing.

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP)

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Resources

Helping a Loved One Maintain Good Credit

While it’s important for all of us, at any age, to keep our finances in good condition, issues of credit card debt are growing among older adults. If we are caring for a loved one struggling with debt and maintaining good credit, it is important for us to understand credit scoring and how to help a loved one improve their credit so they can better manage debt.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 09/10/2019

Recognizing the Signs of Financial Abuse

It is important for all of us to know the signs of financial exploitation so we can help prevent this from happening to our loved ones, such as our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or dear friends. There are several warning signs to look for and then to question further.

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06/06/2019

Reducing the Financial Fatigue of Caregiving

There are many rewards of caring for a loved one, but caregiving can also come at a cost. According to several studies, the average female caregiver loses more than $324,000 during their lifetime in wages, pensions and Social Security benefits, due to their caregiving responsibilities.

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By Sonya Edwards | 06/06/2019

Managing Finances for a Loved One with Dementia

Handling a loved one’s finances can be a difficult task, particularly when they have been diagnosed with dementia. In fact, the inability to handle finances is often one of the first signs that a loved one has the disease. They might pay bills more than once, forget to pay bills entirely, give money away unexpectedly or have trouble balancing their checkbook. Dementia can also leave a loved one open to financial risk and abuse, which can make it even more important for us to familiarize ourselves with how best to protect them from these threats.

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06/06/2019

Understanding the Dangers of Medical Identity Theft

Identity theft is a worldwide phenomenon with very personal results to those who’ve been victimized by con artists and thieves. With our support, our loved ones need to be ever vigilant in guarding their personal, financial and medical identities. 

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06/06/2019

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