Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tinder Adds STD Testing Resources

With one in 10 Americans reporting having used an online dating site or app, it’s safe to say that dating has gone digital. And while it may be easy for a potential suitor to bare their soul on their dating profile or through a personal message, it might not always be easy to learn some essential dating details — such as their history of sexually transmitted diseases.

This can be potentially dangerous for not only an unsuspecting partner, but the carrier themselves.

And part of the reason for such a lack of transparency in this area is because many don’t even know if they are carrying an STD. While many women are tested annually at their OBGYN clinic, men don’t typically undergo STD testing unless they request it themselves.

Now Tinder, the popular dating app, will be providing information regarding testing locations for sexually transmitted diseases, making it easier for prospective daters to find ways to engage in safer sex.

The move was prompted by a push from the AIDS Health Foundation, a California advocacy group that launched a campaign last fall, linking the dating app with the spread of STDs. In response, Tinder wrote a cease-and-desist letter.

But with Tinder’s latest addition to their app, the AIDS Health Foundation has halted their campaign.

While Tinder failed to comment on the letter, the mobile dating app company did respond to the foundation’s claims that mobile dating apps contribute to the rate of STDs in America. Tinder responded:

“An important aspect of any healthy relationship — whether formed on Tinder or otherwise — is ensuring sexual health and safety. While the CDC, who conducted the largest and most credible study on the topic, has never identified any connection that supports the idea that Tinder usage correlates with, let alone causes, an increase in STDs, we’re of course in favor of organizations that provide public education resources on the topic.”

California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison after Swindling Millions from Elderly Investors

A scammer is heading to prison after years of fraudulent behavior in which he stole hundreds of millions of dollars from elderly widows and other investors.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Keith Hoover, 64, of Irvine, CA, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton.

Despite living in California, most of Hoover’s criminal activity took place in northwest Arizona. The government alleges that the fraudster targeted elderly widows in a 15-year investment scheme to sustain an ostentatious lifestyle for his family.

John Keith Hoover initially poured investments into the El Rio Golf and Country Club and other projects he owned in the region. After the housing market collapsed, the family continued to solicit and accept investments for their own personal use.

“Hoover is the principal architect of one of the most egregious investment fraud schemes in the history of Arizona,” said Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Giaimo.

“Hoover simply defrauded hundreds of investors to finance the trappings of a lavish lifestyle complete with million-dollar homes, luxury vehicles, expensive clothes, jewelry, fancy hotel suites, expensive restaurants, premium overseas travel, and expensive home furnishings,” Giamio continued.

Taking advantage of senior citizens is a common tactic for many convicted scammers. A 2011 MetLife Mature Market Institute study determined that financial exploitation costs seniors at least $2.9 billion annually, and that number continues to grow each year.

According to the Southeast Missourian, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander recently held a community meeting at a local senior center to inform elderly residents on how to best handle swindlers.

“If somebody targets you for a scam, there’s no need to be embarrassed,” Kander said. “People who do this, this is how they make their money. It’s wrong, but this is their job. Our job is to help you protect yourself from them.”

As for John Keith Hoover, he pleaded guilty in August to 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud. His wife and son, Deborah and John Brandon Hoover, also pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

In addition to John Keith’s sentence, Deborah Hoover has been ordered to spend one year in house confinement, followed by five years of supervised release. John Brandon Hoover must complete a business ethics course.

To compound the family’s issues, the government is seeking more than $41 million in restitution. A hearing to determine exactly how much Hoover will have to pay back is scheduled for Feb. 12.

New Research Finds That Step Training May Help the Elderly to Prevent Falls

Despite the litany of exercise alternatives for the elderly that have been introduced, researchers have discovered that traditional step training may be the key to reducing the risk of falls.

According to Fox News, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, recently funded the study in an effort to help those in their golden years avoid injuries related to slips, trips, and falls.

As part of the study, researchers analyzed the results of seven previous studies to determine the relationship between step training and falls. They found that elderly people who participate in step training are far less likely to fall during everyday activities, such as getting out of a chair or avoiding obstacles on a walkway.

Stephen Lord, one of the study’s authors, noted that the enhanced balance developed through step training is what helps elderly people complete these daily activities as they grow older.

“Strength and balance are both important for physical functioning,” Lord said. “In terms of fall prevention, the best evidence is for balance and step training.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that those who are 65 or older and fairly healthy should get at least two hours and thirty minutes of aerobic activity per week. The CDC also recommends that the elderly participate in muscle training twice per week.

While exercising becomes more difficult as one grows older, step training provides the elderly with a low-impact alternative to improve their balance, strength, and coordination, all of which help to prevent falls.

According to the Telegraph and Argus, many elderly and disabled people in the UK are forgoing step training and other exercises in favor of a new type of low-impact workout that is currently sweeping the nation.

Extend, an exercise program that caters to the physically-challenged, allows its participants to target different parts of the body at their own pace. Variations of each exercise allow disabled and elderly people to remain seated while still developing their strength and flexibility.

Though step training requires participants to remain standing, it’s still considered to be the best option for elderly people who now struggle with everyday tasks. The Australian study has already been met with widespread approval, and several American doctors have chimed in on its findings.

Dr. Elizabeth Joy, medical director at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, believes that step training could help many older people reclaim their independence and live a normal life once again.

“For an older adult trying to maintain independent living, they need function-specific training,” said Joy. “Walking, getting up out of a chair, getting up off the floor, those are the activities they need to do.”