M4A wants to congratulate the Blountsville Police Department who successfully completed their Dementia Friendly Law Enforcement Training on February 1st. We want to send a special thank you to Miller Piggott, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association for serving as one of our dementia friendly trainers. The City of Blountsville is extremely committed to this cause and the training received live media coverage from our friends at ABC 3340!
M4A is training the Blount County EMS first responders also on February 8th and they will receive their dementia friendly certification.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY UPDATE
M4A is pleased to provide an update on our Dementia Friendly Training Program for Law Enforcement and other First Responders. The Alabama Chief of Police Association shared our training toolkit and information with its statewide members and we have received several requests from local Police Departments to schedule their trainings. M4A will be partnering with the other 12 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Alabama who will lead this effort in their geographic service areas.
M4A just completed two "train the trainer" webinars for the AAAs this week and the information was very well received. We at M4A value the partnership and dedication of the AAA network to ensure their local first responder agencies are properly trained and certified as dementia friendly communities. We anticipate future opportunities to recruit volunteers who can assist in our training program. Check our website for regular updates on this statewide initiative at www.m4a.org.
M4A is pleased to announce our new Feed the Need: End 60+ Hunger Campaign. The mission of the Feed the Need Campaign is to end hunger for the 60+ population in Alabama’s Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker Counties through community support and engagement.
We created our new campaign to engage local communities to get involved and help us raise the funds needed to remove homebound seniors from our waiting list and provide them with nutritious meals through our Elderly Nutrition Program.
Check out our brand new website at www.feedtheneed.us. Stay tuned for more information on this very important initiative.
Avoiding “Sweetheart Scams”
“He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”
Sweetheart Scams target the hearts and wallets of predominantly widowed or divorced women who are emotionally vulnerable. The goal of these scams is to create false hope and security in the minds of their victims through online communication, convincing them to send money before moving on to the next victim.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Sweetheart Scams “result in the highest amount of financial losses to victims when compared to other online crimes.”
Here are some FBI recommended tips on how to avoid these scams:
Beware if the individual seems too perfect or quickly asks you to leave a dating service or Facebook to go “offline.”
Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family or requests inappropriate photos or financial information that could later be used to extort you.
Beware if the individual promises to meet in person but then always comes up with an excuse why he or she can’t. If you haven’t met the person after a few months, for whatever reason, you have good reason to be suspicious.
Never send money to anyone you don’t know personally.
If you feel suspicious, cut off all contact with the scammer. Block the person from your email and social media. The scammer will soon move on to another victim and leave you alone. DO NOT try to exact revenge. Some victims who try to taunt their tormentors have had their families threatened or sent malware that destroyed their computer.
If you believe you are the victim of this crime, please file a report with the FBI at www.ic3.gov You can also report scams to the Alabama Attorney General's Office by calling (800) 392-5658.
Submitted by: Katy Johnson M4A Falcon Scholar
Works Cited: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/romance-scams
M4A wants to remind our readers that we still have advertising opportunities available to display your business or organization on 3 of our new 4 Series Legal Guides. The three Legal Guides still available for advertising are:
Authority Issues for Caregivers
Dementia Friendly Professionals and Caregivers
What to Do When a Loved One Dies
The cost for the full page back cover advertisement is negotiable. We are eager to get these invaluable resources for caregivers and professionals printed and distribute them across our five county region. If you are interested in this unique advertising opportunity, please contact Robyn James at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 670-5770.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE CHILTON COUNTY CHILI COOK OFF AND HEALTH FAIR THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH AT SENIOR CONNECTIONS IN CLANTON.
EVENT TIME: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Contact Senior Connections for more information: (205) 755-8227