Being Mortal

Conversations are essential, especially concerning the end of life. I am currently reading the book “Being Mortal – Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande.  Recently on PBS, Frontline chronicled Dr. Gawande and others about how the medical profession deals with the end of life with patients and their families.  You can view the feature here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/ While none of us want to think about the end of our lives or those of family members, one of the main focuses of the show was on patients at the very end of life and being able to have conversations about their preferences as the end drew near.  Frontline’s documentary brought to light that for some patients, emphasis was placed on the quantity of their remaining days, rather than the quality of their last days, which can make the end of life even more difficult.  This scenario can sometimes place physicians, patients and family members at odds so it is important the patient, or family members advocating on their behalf, have a voice in end of life choices and Read on! →

How to Protect Your Personal Data Online

The protection of your personal and financial data is paramount in today’s society. From healthcare and income tax scams to the recent Anthem Insurance data breach, to general email phishing scams, it seems that no one is exempt nowadays from this growing issue. In today’s digital world, where information is at our (and not to mention, potentially dangerous hackers’) fingertips, it is imperative to know how to prevent becoming the latest victim of a financial scam, and how to check up on your credit to know if a breach on your identity has occurred. The key is to be aware of the potentially harmful schemes ahead of time so that you are prepared to properly avoid them, as well as continually stay on top of your personal information in case your identity is ever compromised. Tax Scams Tax season has proven to be a time of year when many scammers prey on individuals in the midst of their tax preparation. Below are a few tax-time scam warnings directly from the IRS: Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that Read on! →