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Be healthy, wealthy and wise in 2014

Register • Jan 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthy, wealthy and wise in 2014, Serving Our Seniors has a lot to offer Erie County residents who are 60 and older in January.


So mark your calendars.


Here’s what’s coming up:



Registration is now open for the free course, “How to Be Your Own Health Care Advocate.” It starts in April and ends in December, and near-perfect attendance is required. You’ll learn what’s normal aging — and what’s not; how well you stack up compared to others in your age group in terms of your physical ability to function and maintain your independence; what it takes to get the best care from your health care professional as you age; and more. For information, call Serving Our Seniors and ask for Tina Elmlinger.


Senior citizens often hear the words “estate recovery”“probate” and how they need to “avoid probate” They hear the terms — “POAs” “Trusts” “Revocable Living Trusts” and “tax traps” associated with leaving an inheritance to others. Too few understand what these words mean, yet act on a partial understanding. From 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 22 at the Erie County Office Building (downtown), 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Serving Our Seniors will host a public forum titled, “Understanding Wealth Transfer” Attorneys John Ball, Michael Brumbaugh and John Frankel will sit on a panel and answer questions about what these terms mean and the role they play when passing down assets to others. This is not a free legal service, but an educational forum to help older adults become wiser consumers when planning to leave an inheritance. Reservations of 25 or more are required by Jan. 20 to justify the time of the speakers.


Serving Our Seniors has arranged for Cheryl Conley, social worker and gerontologist with the Alzheimer’s Association of NW Ohio, to educate an audience that is curious about the brain. It is an interesting, interactive, easy-to-understand “tour” of the brain that will be projected on a screen for all to see. It is fascinating and sure to provoke questions Cheryl will answer. You will see how changes in the brain affect memory and other brain abilities, and you will learn brain parts and how the parts work (and sometimes don’t work) as we age.

“Curious About The Brain” will be 10–11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Huron Library and again 1:30–3 p.m. at the Sandusky Library. Reservations of 25 or more are required by Jan. 20 to justify the time and travel of the speaker.

To reserve your seat for “Understanding Wealth Transfer” and “Curious About The Brain” call Serving Our Seniors at 419-624-1856 or 800-564-1856. Ask for Sarah’s voicemail and leave your name, telephone number, the name of the forum and the time of the forum you are registering to attend. You can also RSVP at mail@servingourseniors.org. If we do not receive 25 registered attendees, the forum(s) will be cancelled and you will be notified by Jan. 21.

Ask Serving Our Seniors

Q: I’m 69 and live alone. My computer became inoperable the other day and Microsoft called me to say they are aware of my computer problem. The man said he could fix it remotely, but it would cost $400. I paid Microsoft over the phone by using my credit card. My computer still isn’t working. What can I do?

A: You have been scammed. You didn’t say how many days have passed since you gave out your credit card number, but you need to report this immediately. Call your credit card company to report this theft and close this credit card account. Report this to your local police department and ask that a report of this crime be documented. Last but not least, call the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging - Anti-Fraud Hotline at 855-303-9470 and report this theft.

You should also check your credit report.

Serving Our Seniors can help Erie County residents age 60 and older who would like assistance in making these reports and assist you in getting a free credit report sent to you. Call us at 419-624-1856 or 800-564-1856.

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