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M4A wants to remind consumers of all ages at all stages to START WITH M4A!  We are the first place to contact to get help, information, and resources. Our Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Specialists are always here to help!
THE CITY OF BESSEMER RECEIVES DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TRAINING, WITH OVER 430 RESPONDERS COMPLETING THE TRAINING.
The City of Bessemer has made it their priority to learn how to better interact and serve individuals in their community with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. The City of Bessemer partnered with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), one of Alabama’s 13 local Area Agencies on Aging, to coordinate a week-long Dementia Friendly Training which was completed on September 14, 2018.

The training was very well received and over 430 police officers, firefighters, EMS, 911 Dispatch, and other city personnel attended this training and are now officially designated as “Dementia Friendly Departments.” A dementia friendly culture is one that embraces, supports, and properly responds to residents with dementia and their caregivers.

The City of Bessemer is the largest municipality in Alabama to complete this Law Enforcement/First Responder Dementia Friendly Training Program developed by M4A. We extend such gratitude to the City of Bessemer for making dementia training a priority for their first responders. “The City of Bessemer is a model across our state and are now armed with the tools they need to be dementia knowledgeable, sensitive, and responsive when interacting with individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia” says Carolyn Fortner, M4A Executive Director. M4A thanks the Alzheimer’s Association for their support at the City of Bessemer training events.

Other law enforcement and first responder groups interested in receiving this two-hour free CEU training can contact Robyn James, Dementia Friendly Program Manager at 205-670-5770 or rjames@m4a.org.

AL.COM POSTED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE TRAINING.

HERE IS THE ARTICLE:
http://blog.al.com/press-releases/2018/09/bessemer_puts_focus_on_helping.html

 

         

FTC Shuts Down Fake Document Sellers

 

September 18, 2018

by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

When you apply for credit, a mortgage, a place to live, government benefits, or tax refunds, you need documents showing your income, employment, and other information. But not everyone plays by the rules. Some businesses sell fake documents to people who use them to get products and services for which they might not otherwise qualify.

Today, the FTC announced cases against three sellers of bogus documents. In its complaints against Katrina Moore and Innovative Paycheck Solutions, Steve Simmons and Integrated Flight Solutions, and George Jiri Strnad II and Abstract United, the FTC alleges the defendants sold fake documents used for identity theft and fraud. The bogus documents include fake pay stubs, banks statements, tax forms and medical documents.

As part of the proposed settlements, the defendants are prohibited from selling fake documents or services as well as templates or tools for creating such documents.

The sale of fake documents has far-reaching consequences. Let’s say identity thieves get your personal information — maybe from an online hack, dumpster diving, postal mail tampering, or some other source. Then they put your information in templates like the ones sold on the defendants’ websites. This generates real-looking (but fake) documents that let identity thieves get credit, a lease, government benefits, or a tax refund — all in your name. When the thief doesn’t pay those bills, it would be your credit that suffers. And when the identity thief gets benefits or tax refunds in your name, you might not get a needed benefit or a tax refund for many months.

It’s not easy to know when someone is using your information on a fake document, but read more about steps you can take to help keep your personal and financial information secure.

To get more information like this, sign up for the FTC's Consumer Information Updates.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PRIMARY PARTNER, THE COLUMBIANA SENIOR CENTER AND THEIR TWO SEWING CLUBS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO THIS PROJECT. A SPECIAL THANKS ALSO GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE LOCAL SENIOR AND COMMUNITY CENTERS WHO ARE COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR THE FIDGET ACTIVITY BLANKETS.

ANYONE WANTING TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT CAN CONTACT ROBYN JAMES AT RJAMES@M4A.ORG OR LAURA KING AT LKING@M4A.ORG
M4A has been selected as a presenter at the upcoming Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) conference held in Louisville, Kentucky from September 30 - October 2, 2018. We will be presenting on our very successful Dementia Friendly Law Enforcement & First Responder Training Program and how other states can replicate the initiative across their local communities.
UPDATE ON THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH SEMIPOSTAL STAMP
 
Here is an update on the latest figures regarding sales of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp. In it’s first 8 months on the market, 4.1 million stamps have been sold to raise $579,000 for NIH funded research! These figures are reflected on the USPS website: https://about.usps.com/corporate-social-responsibility/semipostals.htm
 
We're grateful to so many of you for your efforts to, not only use the stamp, but to actively promote it by inviting a USPS Retail Presence to your conferences and events and for telling others about it in your newsletters and on social media.
 
A special shout out goes to our friends at the Alzheimer’s Association and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s for having a Retail Presence at your national conferences and to Argentum for this wonderful article in the July/August edition of Senior Living Executive magazine.
 
Let’s keep the momentum going to reach our goal of ONE MILLION DOLLARS raised for research this first year! 
 
With sincere gratitude,
 
Lynda and Kathy

WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT?

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.

MANY ALABAMA COMMUNITIES WILL BE HOSTING THEIR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND.  

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING YOUR COMMUNITY NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT THIS YEAR, M4A ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

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