I have come to know her as one with great ideas; as someone who is trusted by clients, her colleagues and friends; someone who is trusted by the Judges and who the Judges give weight to whatever information she has to present; as honest; as compassionate; as persuasive; as credible; always prepared; with excellent communication skills; and highly ethical.
Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt
Chief Investigator Office of the Public Defender, Santa Barbara County


Emergency preparedness for elders - How to prepare a senior for natural disaster.

Southern California is a wonderful place to live, but unfortunately emergencies are a part of our lives here. Seniors, or those who care for them, must be prepared for the inevitable. The two best things you can do to improve your chances of survival during and after a disaster are to BE PREPARED and to STAY CALM during and directly after the event.


Top Ten Scams Targeting the Elderly - Most popular senior scams and how they work

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently published an article outlining the "Top Ten Scams Targeting Seniors". The list includes financial scams aimed primarily at elders and briefly describes the hallmarks of each scam. Sadly, each and every one of the listed scams has come to the attention of law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, making scams on seniors a very real problem in our communities.


How to Improve Your Memory - 5 Easy Rules For Improving Your Memory

5 Easy Memory Improvement Rules
by Stacey Wright

We all suffer from a fading memory and bouts of forgetfulness, as a natural part of the aging process. In the August, 2013 Harvard Health Letter, (published monthly by Harvard University) Anthony Komaroff, M.D., addressed the issue of enhancing memory. In his column Ask the Doctor, Dr. Komaroff answered a reader's concerns about forgetfulness by offering his 5 "simple tricks".


How to Prevent Financial Abuse With Aging Parents - Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

All of us know a senior that lives alone and seems to be doing well managing their affairs. Maybe it's a neighbor, maybe it's a friend from church, maybe it's your parent. Life is busy, everyone has deadlines to meet and goals to attain. Sometimes the responsibility of keeping an eye on this person can be overwhelming. When your lonely loved one meets a new friend who seems to take an interest, seems to genuinely like your loved one and is actively involved with helping them you breathe a sign of relief; finally it's not all on you. But without active involvement and keen awareness, these lonely seniors are in a perfect position to be taken advantage of and it's almost always financial and it's almost always unnoticeable...at first.



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