August 27, 2013

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

The Mississippi Valley Fair is over and Senior Day was a success. It was great to see the members of Plus 60 Club, United Health, Mediacom, CASI, Quad-City Times, S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) and other groups that work with seniors. The law enforcement officers always enjoy meeting seniors and hearing their concerns. Senior Day at the Fair will be on the first Thursday of August 2014.

The Senior Voice Program will be held on September 19 this year, and Gloria Fisher always has a program and booths for seniors to learn what is available for seniors.

Recently, I received a call from some company saying that someone had purchased an alarm for my home. This was a scam, and if you have anyone call you about someone buying you something, DO NOT give them any information about yourself. If you do not know who is calling you, and it is for an unknown reason, do not talk with the caller. It is not impolite or wrong to hang up, no matter who they say they are or who they say they represent.

Iowa’s Senior Medicare Patrol issued an alert about scammers posing as Medicare officials. The scammers want to visit your home. They say they have information about Medicare benefits that are new and critical for you to know about. They just want to get information from you to use to commit financial fraud. Do not open your door to strangers or give vital information about yourself on the internet. If you think you have given out your bank information to someone who could use it fraudulently, call your financial institution and local law enforcement agency immediately.

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (S.H.I.I.P.) has trained counselors to answer your healthcare or long term insurance questions. They are available for free and can be found at many public libraries. If you have questions about S.H.I.I.P., call Cindy Miller at
(563) 421-1095.

Our meetings are at CASI in Davenport on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Feel free to stop and meet local law enforcement officers.

If you have questions about S.A.L.T., call Pam at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 326-8217.

Take care.