Straight Talk About Senior Safety Brewing at Plaza Health Care Café

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Experts will discuss unique safety challenges faced by seniors – and how they can protect themselves

In this increasingly complex, computer-savvy world, many seniors need help protecting themselves and safeguarding their interests, both on-line and in the community. They must learn how to avoid fraud, identity theft and abuse and how to cope with the often bewildering requirements of health insurers and Medicare. Helping seniors stay safe is the focus of Plaza Health Network’s Health Care Café on Monday, April 16th.

“Older people are often seen as vulnerable,” says Dr. William Zubkoff, president and CEO, Plaza Health Network. “They are all too often targeted by society’s predators. Fortunately, seniors can learn strategies to protect themselves and avoid becoming victims. At the Health Care Café, our experts will discuss ways seniors can cut risk and keep themselves and their families from harm.”

At the upcoming Plaza Health Care Café, seniors will get expert advice on senior safety from Frederic A. Kerstein, Esq., Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and Sandra Colon Ferrer, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Outreach Consultant. The two speakers will review effective ways for seniors to protect themselves from abuse and exploitation. They will give straightforward advice about avoiding telephone and computer scams, staying safe in their homes, and even dealing with the complexities of Medicare and Medicare fraud.

“Staying safe can be especially challenging for seniors,” says Ilene Zweig, Vice President Development & Communications, Hebrew Homes Foundation and event organizer. “Our Health Care Café will give seniors the opportunity to hear experts discuss ways to protect themselves, get answers to their questions and share their concerns and experiences with their peers.”

The April 16 Health Care Café is the latest in a series of educational events presented by Plaza Health Network as a service to the senior members of the community. “Older citizens have unique and important safety concerns,” says Dr. Zubkoff. “They need answers, but reliable information is not always easy to come by. We’re here to fill that gap, and help seniors in our community find safe, healthy solutions which will work for them."

The Plaza Health Care Café on senior safety is open to all. Admission is free. The Café kicks off at 12:30 p.m, Monday, April 16 at Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, Sanford L. Ziff Campus, 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP to Ilene Zweig at 305-917-0406 or by email izweig(at)hebrewhomes(dot)org. For more information on this and other upcoming Heath Care Cafes, please visit: http://www.plazahealth.org/HCC.

About Plaza Health Network
What began in 1954 as a 12-bed convalescent home for WWII veterans and Jewish elderly has evolved into the largest not-for-profit network of Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Centers in Miami-Dade County, with over 1,000 beds in 8 centers…and growing. Plaza health Network serves the whole community with a staff of professionals who are as diverse as our patients. Our rehabilitation and skilled nursing services include, but are not limited to, post-operative care and rehabilitation, stroke care and rehabilitation, diabetes care and management, Alzheimer’s care, wound care, and orthopedic rehab therapy. Languages spoken at our centers include English, Spanish, Creole, French and Russian. For more information about Plaza Health Network visit http://www.plazahealth.org

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