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How to prevent being a victim of scams
Scams and schemes are prevalent especially during the busy holidays when people are preoccupied with family and friends and don’t take the time to question motives. Here are a few techniques to help avoid potentially devastating thefts:
Be Suspicious. Being skeptical can be difficult, however being suspicious of cold calls and unsolicited letters is an effective way to stay protected.
Ask Questions and Get Information. Before you do business with a new company, obtain a name, address, phone number and website for the person you’re talking to and check them out first.
Never Give Personal Information Online. An investment company or charity will never ask for a Social Security number via email. If this happens to you, it’s probably a scam.
Don’t Make a Hasty Decision. If a telemarketer pressures you to make an immediate decision, hang up.
Don’t Pay to Play. Never provide money to gain a prize. When someone asks for a routing number to deposit funds, or for shipping and handling charges, for a “free” prize, it’s a clear sign that it’s not legit.
Protect Others. If you think you or a loved one has been the victim of a scam, contact your local police department to file a report.
To prevent being a victim any time of year, you can also call Senior Services at 269-382-0515 and talk to Traci Furman, program director of TRIAD through RSVP. TRIAD is comprised of mature adults, law enforcement officers and other concerned citizens who focus on adult safety. Be safe, be informed and enjoy the Holidays!
Holiday Health Tips for Seniors
The holidays can be fun for some and emotionally and physically challenging for others. Here are a few tips to a healthier holiday season:
Dine with Others. Many seniors enjoy a holiday meal in the company of others. Sharing the holiday not only lifts your spirits, but provides a well-balanced healthy meal. If you're able, dine with friends, if not; be sure to connect with them by phone. The holidays are good time to reminisce and reconnect.
Take care of your heart. Calories and fat still count during the holidays. Overeating can lead to everything from heartburn to a heart attack. Limit high-fat choices and replace them with plenty of vegetables and lean white meat.
Drink in moderation. Besides a hangover and obvious safety hazards, over-imbibing can have many negative effects, including depression, an inflammation of the pancreas, hepatitis and an irregular heartbeat. Limit your intake to no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.
Plan ahead. Be sure to have an up-to-date list of medications you are taking. If you do face a health emergency during the holidays, it's important for your doctor to know your current medical conditions and have a list of your medications.
Keep your health in focus. If you feel under the weather - physically or mentally - during the holidays, don't wait to visit your doctor. Colds, flu and depression are much more common during this season.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season from your friends at Senior Services!
The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is now available on-line...
You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults.
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web. You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo. We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo. We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...
CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading. You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours. You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.
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