December 5, 2011

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

Yes, this is December, 2011. Look back 12 months. Where did the time go?

Over the last year, the Seniors And Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Program concentrated on reminding seniors to be cautious of what agencies or to whom they were donating money. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office issues advisory letters on questionable charities and some professional fund- raisers, in which only a small portion of the donation actually is used to help people.

The Scott County Sheriff’s office also has a bulletin board at CASI with information on various items of which seniors should be aware. Members of the CASI staff are always willing to help seniors with information. You can also check on your computer at to get information on charities.

If you recently received a flier in the mail stating “Request for Immediate Action – Time Sensitive Material,” this was an attempt to sell you coverage to repair your car, if needed. The information does not tell you how much the coverage costs or where the company is located. In small print, it states that this is an advertisement to extend coverage on your car. If you think you need something like this, talk to your local car dealer. a relative or a trusted friend.

If you are interested in volunteering next year, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for volunteers at over 100 locations in the Quad-City area. For more information, call Linda at (309) 793-4225.

Our next SALT meeting will be January 25, 2012 at CASI. There are no dues or committees to serve. We do have representatives of the Davenport and Bettendorf Police Departments and the Scott County Sheriff’s office. We meet at 9:30 a.m. and discuss items concerning seniors. The police officers and deputy sheriffs also have programs to present to seniors. For more information, call Pam at (563) 326-8217 at the Scott County Sheriff’s office.

May you all have a Merry Christmas, and I look forward to meeting many of you at various senior events in 2012.

Take care.