From the CEO...
It is the time of year that tax filing is upon us. Attorney General Josh Shapiro has issued a warning to consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from individuals impersonating the IRS. These scammers may claim that the individual receiving the call needs to send money in order to avoid penalties and/or arrest. Please take the time to remind older adults that the IRS will never contact you asking for information or demanding payment.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection under the Attorney General’s Office offered the following to help consumers avoid being scammed:
The IRS does not use threatening or aggressive calls. A scammer may threaten to involve the police or other law enforcement if you don’t pay.
The IRS does not contact taxpayers by email, text or social media.
Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the IRS. Scammers are using a technique known as “spoofing” to trick the caller ID into thinking that the call is originating from a certain phone number.
Do not give personal information over the phone and do not provide information over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from the IRS or from the bank.
The IRS does not require taxpayers to use a specific method of payment, such as prepaid credit card, money order, wire transfer, gift cards or cash.
To reduce the risk of being victims of scams or identity theft, be careful what you share and don’t give out personal information unless you know who is asking and why. Don’t be shy, or feel bad about refusing to provide information over the phone. Dispose of sensitive information safely, by shredding. If you or someone you know may have been victimized, you are encouraged to file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable.
Kathleen Gillespie, CEO
We’re pleased to introduce Mary Ellen Osterhout as the new Center Manager of our Coalport Center for Active Living. Mary Ellen took over the reins in January from Sharon Hamilton, who recently retired. Mrs. Osterhout has been employed by our agency since 2010, serving as a casual (substitute) center manager. As Center Manager, Mary Ellen coordinates services and leads activities, encourages socialization among Center participants, prepares for congregate meals, and maintains a clean and safe facility.
Prior to starting at the agency, Mary Ellen worked for the Clearfield Progress as a newspaper carrier. Other past employers include Tim Horton’s Restaurant, Dave’s Cleaning Service and Meadow’s Photography.
Also in January, Deborah Bellmore-West joined our staff in a temporary capacity as Intake Worker/Case Aide. Mrs. West assists with completion of NAT-E’s (Nutrition Assessment Tool-Express) for our Meals on Wheels consumers. In addition, she provides some much needed support for intake and information & referral functions.
Deb is a retired business owner, previously serving as President of Helmbold & Stewart Group and Unified Employer Solutions dba DMS Safety Services. She is a certified CPR & First Aid Instructor and holds designations as Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager (National Alliance) and Certified Work Comp Advisor (Institute of Work Comp Professionals). Mrs. West is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work.
Memorial & Honorarium Fund
April Cash Awards Calendars
The CCAAA is currently selling Cash Awards Calendars good for the month of April 2018 only!
These calendars are only $20 and make great gifts.
Based on the PA Lottery Pick 3 (Daily Number) - Evening Drawing (7:00 PM), there are up to eight different ways to win each day, varying in prize amounts from $20 to $400! You win if your number is straight, +1, -1, or boxed based on the daily number. For example, if your number is 123, and 123 is the evening daily number, you would win $100 on weekdays, $200 on weekends, and $400 on the last day of the month! This is called straight. If your number is 122 or 124 (+1 or -1), you would win $40. And finally, you would win $20 if your number was 132, 213, 231, 312 or 321. This is called boxed – any combination of the three digits drawn.
Call the Agency today or stop in to pick up your lucky Cash Awards Calendar!
All proceeds benefit the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
People with Medicare are getting New Medicare Cards
What You Should Know.
Your new Medicare card will NOT have a Social Security Number on it. This will help protect your identity. Your new Medicare card will have a new Medicare number which is unique to you, and will be an 11 digit identifier that's a mix of numbers and letters.
You will not see your new cards before April 2018. Medicare will be mailing the new Medicare card starting in April 2018 and continue through April 2019. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend's or neighbor's.
You do not need to do anything! This change will be automatic. CMS will send your new Medicare card in the mail. If someone calls you and says they need to confirm your Medicare number or "register you" for a card, it's a SCAM. If you get a call like this, hang up and call the PA-SMP for help.
Your benefits will stay the same. The new Medicare numbers will not change anything in your coverage. You can start using your new card as soon as you receive it. When you receive your new card, shred your old card.
There is no charge for the new card. The card is free. No one should tell you there is a one-time fee, or that you will lose benefits if you don't pay a fee or answer their questions.
SCAM ALERT: Scammers posing as Medicare reps may call asking for your current Medicare number & offer to send you a new card. Stay Alert. NEVER give your information to anyone who calls you on the phone or comes to your door!
Contact the CCAAA APPRISE office for any questions regarding Medicare:
Older Americans Month
Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older Americans Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.
Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!
2018 Spring Craft & Vendor Show
WHEN: APRIL 21, 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WHERE: PARKSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER
120 W PARK AVENUE, DUBOIS PA
Variety of vendors Lunch items available for purchase
Bake sale Chinese auction basket raffle
For more information, contact: Terry Khoury @ 814-765-2696
Looking for a great way to stay active and have fun?
Join the Bowling Boomers!
The group meets every Wednesday from 12:30-3:00 PM at the Clearfield Bowling Lanes. The cost is $2.00 per game, and participants bowl 2 games. Stop in the Clearfield Center for Active Living to register for Bowling Boomers!
Health & Wellness With The CCAAA
“A Matter of Balance” staff training at the CCAAA . The program can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling.
“Enhanced Wellness Training” This program connects participants with a personal health and wellness coach (usually a nurse or social worker) to improve physical and emotional well-being and social activity.
Programs and services of the Agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Mature Resources Foundation, and local and consumer contributions.