Flattmann Law May 2019

May 2019 FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”

GET MOVING! Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day This May

FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann

Beware the hidden dangers of social media! Have you seen those seemingly innocent,“just for fun” questions on Facebook, asking if you remember your high school mascot, the name of your best friend from grade school, or your first pet? Do these questions sound familiar? If so, it’s because you probably answered many of themwhile setting up access to your online accounts, such as your bank or credit card. Hackers and data collection firms collect and store personal information like this from social media sites to use or sell. Hackers aren’t the only ones stalking you on Facebook. It is inexpensive for insurance companies to use social media to spy on their insured and on others making personal injury claims against them. For instance, if a person suffered a serious injury due to a car wreck, the insurance company may gather all their posts and photos showing themparticipating in“normal”daily activities. Since that person was smiling in a picture at their granddaughter’s 6th birthday party, they can’t be hurt that bad, right? Even if an online profile is set to “private,” insurance companies are still targeting what you would think of as private communications. Recently, we have been receiving formal discovery requests in some of our cases, asking for full access to our clients’ Facebook accounts, including personal messages through Facebook Messenger.

As you age, it may feel like you don’t recognize your own body anymore. You swear that manufacturers are printing product packaging with smaller fonts, you groan whenever you sit or stand, and you visit the bathroom at least once every night. Aging is an adventure, and staying physically active is a constant battle between your aching joints and the will to get moving. Starting a physical fitness routine may be one of the healthiest choices you can make. As we approach National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 29, take some time to evaluate your fitness activity level. You can use the following tips to live a more active lifestyle — no matter how old you are! Physical activity is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. For older adults, the benefits of physical activity are increased tenfold. When you participate in physical activity at least once per day, your chances of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and arthritis decrease. For patients who already have arthritis, low impact activities like water aerobics or walking can provide relief for the joints. Exercise is also essential to maintaining a healthy heart after a heart attack or stroke. Probably the most important benefit of staying physically active is helping you stay upright. According to the National Council on Aging, exercise helps prevent senior citizens from falling — one of the deadliest things that can happen to an older adult. According to the council, every year, 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 and older falls in their GET STRONGER!

So, next time you are having fun on social media, remember that everything you put online may become public someday.

Happy surfing!

-Grady

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