Monthly Spotlight

 

Malnutrition and Older Adults

posted Sep 20, 2017, 9:44 AM by Senior Monongalians

September 18-22, 2017

This week is dedicated to Malnutrition Awareness.  Malnutrition is not an easy issue to talk about, especially with older adults.  Malnutrition can be a problem after a hospital stay.    The National Center On Aging.  We have posted valuable information on our Community Care Services page.

Be Prepared

posted Sep 13, 2017, 10:29 AM by Senior Monongalians

September is national Disaster Preparedness Month.  Over the past several years the ate of incidency of disasters here and around the world has risen dramatically.  There are things that we can do and have on hand in the event of a natural or man-made disasters.  The government has set up a wonderful resource for tips on preparing your home and your family for a disaster, what you should have on hand, and where to go if you find yourself in a disaster situation.  Click here to visit Ready.gov.

Guard Your Card

posted Aug 22, 2017, 9:33 AM by Senior Monongalians

The National Council on Aging has released a new video with important information how to protect yourself from Identity Theft.  Click on the link below to view this informative video.  

FRAUD ADVISORY: Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme

posted Aug 2, 2017, 5:06 AM by Senior Monongalians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2017

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme.  SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently alerted citizens about an OIG employee impersonation scheme and a scheme targeting former clients of Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn; the agencies are now receiving reports from citizens across the country about other phone calls from an individual posing as an SSA employee.  The caller attempts to acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims' direct deposit, address, and telephone information with SSA.

The reports indicate that the impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code.  The caller claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits.  The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents' names, etc. to receive the increase.  If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim's direct deposit, address, and telephone information.

SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes.  In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone.  If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

Acting Inspector General Stone continues to warn citizens to be cautious, and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.  "You must be very confident that the source is the correct business party, and your information will be secure after you release it," Stone said.

If a person has questions about any communication-email, letter, text or phone call-that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security's toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-12137 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy.  (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security's TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)

https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/news-releases/july19-advisory

Aging in Place Alzheimer's Disease Workshop

posted Jul 11, 2017, 6:21 AM by Senior Monongalians   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 6:39 AM ]

Thursday, July 27th  
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Are you or a family member experiencing issues with memory but want to stay in your own home?  If so, you are invited to attend this year’s Aging-in-Place in Monongalia County workshop on July 27 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at
 Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Morgantown.  Panels will discuss in-home services, community resources and transportation options.  Special speakers will address legal issues and how Medicaid Waiver may be an option.  $10 registration includes lunch, breaks and a gift bag of daily living devices.  Space is limited.  Scholarships are available.  Funds are available to cover the cost of caregiving/respite care for your loved one in your home or at the Suncrest United Methodist Church Respite Care center while you are attending this workshop.  Please let us know if you need nursing continuing education hours.  For more information or to register, contact CLIC at 304-292-0186 or info@clicwv.org

Summer Phone Scam

posted Jun 19, 2017, 5:19 AM by Senior Monongalians

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details.

In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and tells the victim about two certified letters purportedly sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens arrest if a payment is not made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the card is linked to the EFTPS system when, in fact, it is entirely controlled by the scammer. The victim is also warned not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local IRS office until after the tax payment is made.

“This is a new twist to an old scam,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”

EFTPS is an automated system for paying federal taxes electronically using the Internet or by phone using the EFTPS Voice Response System. EFTPS is offered free by the U.S. Department of Treasury and does not require the purchase of a prepaid debit card. Since EFTPS is an automated system, taxpayers won’t receive a call from the IRS. In addition, taxpayers have several options for paying a real tax bill and are not required to use a specific one.

Tell Tale Signs of a Scam:

The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For anyone who doesn’t owe taxes and has no reason to think they do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page. Alternatively, call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

For anyone who owes tax or thinks they do:

The IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. For more information, visit the “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page on IRS.gov. Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube videos.

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