The Garden City Telegram
10/2/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Watching for financial abuse of elders

If you know or care for an older adult, here are some warning signs that may indicate they are the victim of financial abuse:

* There are unusual recent changes in the person's accounts, including atypical withdrawals, new person(s) added, or sudden use of a senior's ATM or credit card.

* The senior suddenly appears confused, unkempt and afraid.

* Utility, rent, mortgage, medical or other essential bills are unpaid despite adequate income.

* A caregiver will not allow others access to the senior.

* There are piled-up sweepstakes mailings, magazine subscriptions or "free gifts," which means they may be on "sucker lists."

Every state operates an Adult Protect Services program, which is responsible for receiving and investigating reports of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and, in most states, the abuse of younger adults with severe disabilities.

APS is the "911" for elder abuse. Anyone who suspects elder abuse, neglect or exploitation should make a report. The reporter's identity is protected. APS services are confidential, so the reporter may not be able to learn the outcome of the case.

APS respects the right of older persons to make their own decisions and to live their lives on their own terms. In cases of cognitive impairment, however, APS will take steps to protect the older person to the degree possible.

Some steps to take if you're a victim:

* If you think you've been scammed, don't be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it — waiting could only make it worse. Immediately: call your bank and/or credit card company; cancel any debit or credit cards linked to the stolen account; and reset your personal identification number(s).

* Also, contact legal services and Adult Protective Services, if warranted. To find your local offices, visit Eldercare Locator or call them toll-free at (800) 677-1116 weekdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. In Garden City call 272-5800 or (800) 264-3798.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to all the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled events

Thursday begins with TOPS Club at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. A Domino Tournament will start at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The monthly covered dish dinner is at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday, we have double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has walking at 8:30 a.m. Gentle exercises are at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Oct. 9 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance features Craig Stevens. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Come join the fun.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli, applesauce gelatin, wheat roll.

Friday: Beef stew or chili, green beans, pears, cinnamon roll.

Monday: Chicken griller, potato rounds, Capri vegetables, strawberries, wheat bread.

Tuesday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, cranberry gelatin salad, wheat roll.

Oct. 9: Baked fish, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit muffin, fruit mix.

Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.