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Prevent COVID-19 Fraud

Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency develops. Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious long-term health conditions who appear to have a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

Fraudsters are attempting to bill Medicare for sham tests or treatments related to the coronavirus and are targeting individuals to illegally obtain money or Medicare numbers.

 

What Can You Do to Stop COVID-19 Fraud?

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Reuben Kogut

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Reuben Kogut is the child of two immigrant parents who came to this country to escape persecution. He was raised to believe in the value of hard work, service to the community, and respect for all people.

Reuben worked long hours to become a successful businessman. He founded a liquor store in 1955 on Red River that he grew to a chain of 9 high-quality liquor stores. In the 70’s, he co-owned the iconic New Orleans Club on Red River. He became an industry leader and had a friendly competition with the other family-run liquor businesses in Austin. In 2001, he sold Reuben’s Wine and Spirits to another family business you may have heard of, Twin Liquors.

 

 

Reuben had remarkable business success over his nearly 50-year career. But what is most impressive about Reuben is intangible.

It’s the mark he has left on the lives of others. Family Eldercare received 26 nominations from Reuben’s children, grandchildren, former employees, and caregivers. We heard stories of his humor and adventurous spirit. We learned that when he traveled, he was a “food scout,” barely allowing his party to finish their meal before wanting to scout out new menu items at other eateries.

Reuben revels in the notion that life is a gift to be enjoyed.

At 89 years young, Reuben’s optimism remains vibrant. It is written across his smile when he greets you. Reuben does not recede in times of adversity. He is a shining light that everybody wants to follow.

Reuben’s love is expressed through action. A gleaming smile. Big laughs. Hugs. Mentoring employees. Taking on leadership roles in the Jewish community. Listening. Asking questions. Always, quietly helping.

In a time when we yearn for hope and goodness, Reuben exemplifies both.

Rueben’s daughter Karen collected and bound his nominations with photos. She reads the dedications to him and doesn’t let him forget how much he is loved. Though it’s been nearly 20 years since he sold his business, many of his long-time employees requested to be part of her collection and got together for a lunch in his honor.

That’s the kind of impact his life has made.

Reuben believes that a family’s values and traditions are to be taught and carried on from generation to generation. He’s done that. And, I hope he’s inspired one more tradition for all of us here today.

That’s to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you while they are still with you. Leave nothing unsaid.

Reuben, you’re a reminder that each of us has the power to leave an indelible mark on the souls of others. We believe this to be the true meaning of legacy. For that, Family Eldercare honors you.

 

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Sample Letter to Representatives – COVID 19

I am writing with concerns for seniors and adults with disabilities.  Many of our most vulnerable citizens on a fixed-income depend on nutrition, health, basic need, and support service benefits through Texas Health and Human Services for their housing stability, health, and food security.  During this public health emergency, I encourage you to extend the eligibility for currently approved benefits for Texas seniors and adults with disabilities through the end of the 2020 calendar year.  This will reduce the need for application renewals during a national disaster situation.   I also encourage the fast-tracking of new and pending applications to ensure our most vulnerable have access to the benefits they need during the pandemic.

While our community is rallying to reduce face-to-face contact to flatten the curve, you can prevent seniors and adults with disabilities from losing access to their supplemental nutrition, Medicaid, and other HHSC benefits.  This relief will also reduce the need to engage in face-to-face contact for our state and non-profit employees working on these renewals during a critical time.  Thank you for your support of these emergency measures to keep our community safe.

80 Over Eighty Honoree – Sen. Max Sherman

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At 85, Max Ray Sherman has been called a living legend. Born in Viola, Arkansas, he was raised by a strong woman who taught him the value of neighbors helping neighbors. Strong women would be a theme throughout his life.

Max is the proud father of two daughters. He has been married to the love of his life, Gene Alice, for 54 years. They still go out on dates once a week or more. Every day he looks forward to a conversation with his girl. During his interview–recalling his life with his mother, his time in the senate, and his family– Max said:

“All my life I’ve been surrounded and influenced by women.”

 

 

During his childhood, Max and his family moved to Texas. And our state has been the better for it. From 1971 to 1977, Max served as Texas State Senator where he met another strong woman, the revered Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who would become a major influence in his life and a good friend. He was proud to serve alongside Barbara where he witnessed her oratory powers firsthand. Max understood the importance of augmenting her voice to a new generation and so he published a volume of her most powerful speeches.

His most rewarding professional moment came in March of 1972, when as a member of the senate he voted in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment, also ratified by Texas the same year. In 1977, Max completed his congressional career to spend more time with his family. He has since held numerous national and state appointments and is the retired dean of UT’s LBJ school of Public Affairs.  He has received too many honors and leadership roles to name here.  Instead, I’ll sum up his public service by quoting Max himself:

        “I’m a lawyer by trade, politician by practice, and an academic by accident.”

Today, Max is an active member in his church and retirement community. He wants you to know that the secret to a happy life is to keep active. Keep having conversations. Keep adjusting to life – even if that means learning to text. And surrounding yourself with the abiding force of strong women doesn’t hurt either!

Max was nominated by Anne Keene for being the embodiment of public service. Max shaped the lives of a younger generation through his leadership and mentorship. For his strength of character, integrity, and service, Family Eldercare honors Max Sherman.

 

Thank you to our 2020 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

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80 Over Eighty Honoree – Max Weiss

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If you find yourself under the mistaken belief that you’re too old to be bold, please think of Max Weiss.  On his 83rd birthday, Max went skydiving. This wasn’t an isolated incident. Max is audacious. He made Halloween fun for his kids by dressing up in outrageous costumes, including once as a bodacious woman. If you ask him nicely, he may show you a photo that’s saved on his cellphone.

Max served in World War II as an air traffic controlman in French Morocco—which, if you hear him tell it–was a “pretty good gig.” Max had the trip of a lifetime when he participated in an Honor Flight to D.C. and visited the World War II and Korean War memorials. Max is proud of his service, but he doesn’t like to make a fuss about it. He’d rather tell you about the time he found himself singing on-stage with Tony Orlando and Wayne Newton in Branson, Missouri. Let’s just say his appearance had not been pre-planned.

These days, 92-year-old Max is an integral member of his condo community. He’s a welcoming figure to newcomers and encourages everyone to keep an eye out for each other.  He’s also hilarious, using his quick wit to set you at ease. Everyone knows Max from Unit 86. In fact, Max’s place is jokingly referred to as Club 86 because it’s frequented by so many.

Max was nominated by his neighbor, Calysta, for his bold spirit and caring nature toward his neighbors. She tells us:

Max is not my family member. But he exemplifies the concept that family isn’t always those with whom you share genetics, but also whom you choose. I have been honored and blessed to know him and have him as a neighbor, and my community would not be the same without him.”

For his unflinching approach to life, service to his country and community, and his sense of humor, we honor Max Weiss.

 

Thank you to our 2020 80 Over Eighty sponsors.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!

Facebook: @FamilyEldercare

Twitter: @familyeldercare

Instagram: @family_eldercare

LinkedIn: @family-eldercare

Photo by Annie Ray – annieraycreative.com; Instagram – @annieraydotnet