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Fly Safely With Senior Transitions

March 17th, 2015

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Gale Wald

Boarding a flight today is complex– long security lines and two hour check-ins. It’s a challenging atmosphere for people with early stage dementia or major health problems, explained Senior Transitions owner, Gale Wald. Wald, an RN and practicing flight attendant, provides travel companionship and trip coordination services to seniors and their families. “You don’t have to do this alone,” she says with confident assurance.

Her company, Senior Transitions, is based in the Pacific Northwest.  Her services provide door to door flight companionship which may also include aspects of trip planning: ticket purchase,  food, transportation, health clearance, luggage check-in, or travel insurance. Travel companions are skilled at managing in-air emergencies or troubleshooting flight delays and cancellations.  Air Travel companions arrange quick trips through TSA security and know how to bypass pat downs.  Awaiting families or friends receive trip updates as desired. “With detailed sensitivity to personal needs such as frequent toileting, help through confusing customs and security checks, lunch at the favourite spot, always mindful of his physical stamina and comfort, Gale has facilitated the ‘quality of life choice to travel’ for my father,” writes one of Senior Transition’s satisfied clients. Read the rest of this entry »

Liz Mulligan: From With A Little Help to Fighting Elder Fraud

December 20th, 2014

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan

Liz Mulligan first witnessed elder fraud while working with a client of With A Little Help. Since tracking down over $200,000 stolen by the client’s bookkeeper she’s gone on to establish a full time fraud fighting business: Fraud Resolution for seniors, LLC. “I was so gratified to help someone straighten out finances,” she said reflecting on that first experience. Liz sat down with us to talk about the most frequent fraud problem she sees and to share thoughts on how to protect the elders in your life from financial harm.

Charitable holidays bring out our urge to help. Sensational fraud cases make headline news but the dishonest nickel and dime charities that appeal to our giving spirit are the most frequent fraud problem facing elders. Many elders or casual donors don’t track these small contributions nor do they research the charities they benefit and that’s what small time fraudulent operators count on! “One year a client donated $9,000 in $10 and $15 dollar donations,” Mulligan recalled.  Read the rest of this entry »

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