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This Week's Facts:

  1. America Falls Back to Standard Time November 3rd

  2. Help Spread Alzheimer's Disease Awareness in November

  3. Task Force Aims to Stop Fraud Against Military & Veterans

  4. Website Connect Americans to Social Security Benefits

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Have you visited the Census Bureau’s PopClock lately? The PopClock is a U.S. and World Population Clock which uses Census data and annual population estimates to display real time data on its website. It graphically displays components of population change like births, deaths, and migration. It also ranks states by most populous and most densely populated. As of this month, it now includes trends in population, showing daily national estimates back to 1980. The initial release had been limited to 2010.


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America Falls Back to Standard Time November 3rd

America Falls Back to Standard TimeRemember to ‘fall back’ this weekend! Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. If you set your clock back one hour before bed on Saturday evening.

Indiana is on the Eastern Time Zone. As you know not all counties in Indiana are on the same time zone. Click here to find out which Indiana counties are in different time zones. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend!

Help Spread Alzheimer's Disease Awareness in November

Alzheimers.gov Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It causes problems with memory, behavior, and thinking that worsen over time, eventually leading to death. At this time there is no cure. Over 5 million people in the United States have the disease. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. Each person’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is different. Some symptoms are common and usually move through predictable stages, from mild to severe, over the course of several years. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s include loss of memory, trouble finding words, general disorientation, difficulty making judgments, as well as changes in behavior and personality.

November has been declared National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month by Presidential Proclamation. This is a time to learn more about this disease and how it affects families and communities. Alzheimers.gov has information about Alzheimer’s disease, treatment options, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, and resources to help you and your family fight Alzheimer’s. You can also find resources about Alzheimer’s on the Alzheimer’s Association website, Alz.org. Until there is a cure for Alzheimer’s, the fight continues to preserve the memories of family and friends.

Task Force Aims to Stop Fraud Against Military & Veterans

StopFraud.govThere are a number of scams currently circulating that target members of the military and veterans, such as fake military charities, identity theft targeting active service members, and veteran pension scams.

In general, all of these scams try to take advantage of military members by offering to provide a service and then taking your money, while you get nothing in return.

You can learn more about specific scams by visiting the Scams Targeting Service Members or Veterans section of StopFraud.gov.

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, there are a few ways to file a complaint:

StopFraud.gov offers information about how to report financial fraud.

This information is courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration via the USA.gov blog.

Website Connect Americans to Social Security Benefits

Social Security AdministrationThe Social Security Administration lists all of the information and documents you need to apply for retirement benefits on their website.

You can apply for retirement benefits or Medicare online or call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778). You can also visit your local Social Security office. Call ahead to make an appointment.

If you do not live in the U.S. or one of its territories, you can also contact your nearest U.S. Social Security office, U.S. Embassy or consulate.

This information is courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration via the USA.gov blog.

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