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M4A IS EXCITED FOR 2017!
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BEWARE OF IRS SCAMS THIS TAX SEASON.

 

During this tax season, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones against IRS phone scams. The scam goes like this: Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Do not fall for this scam. According to the IRS, they will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SCAM, GO TO WWW.IRS.GOV AND TYPE THE WORD "SCAM" IN THE SEARCH BOX.  YOU CAN ALSO REPORT SUSPECTED FRAUD AT WWW.IRS.GOV

Vision loss is one of the most-common disabilities affecting seniors. In 2011, the National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated that 12 percent of people 65 and older experience some sort of vision loss, a number that is expected to double by 2030. While vision loss impacts an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities, it doesn’t mean a person cannot live independently – he or she just has to learn new ways of doing things.  
To help seniors 55 and older learn to live with vision loss and blindness, the
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) has the Older Alabamians System for Information and Services (OASIS) Program. OASIS provides consumers with in-home assessment and instruction in independent living skills from vision rehabilitation therapists (VRT). Examples of this instruction include the use of magnification, tactile markings on appliances, and aids for money management. OASIS can also provide training in safe travel skills through orientation and mobility specialists. These staff members also link seniors to resources as well as other aging programs. Services are provided though federal funds at no cost to consumers. In FY16, OASIS assisted 1,024 older Alabamians statewide.  
OASIS staff are assigned to various areas to serve blind and visually impaired consumers throughout the M4A area and statewide. To refer a consumer or for more information about OASIS, contact OASIS Program Coordinator Matthew Haynes at 205-290-4451 or at
matthew.haynes@rehab.alabama.gov. More information is also available on their website at www.rehab.alabama.gov/OASIS, where you can learn about the Camp SAVI program hosted by OASIS and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.  
ADRS provides similar services through is Vocational Rehabilitation Service, which serves blind or visually impaired high school students and adults of all ages in preparing for and obtaining employment. Services are also available to those younger than 55 whom are not interested in employment as a general services consumer. Please contact Carol Pinkard at 205-290-4435 or
carol.pinkard@rehab.alabama.gov regarding these services.
They look forward to collaborating with other organizations to serve those in with vision loss in the M4A area!   CONTACT THEM TODAY.

 

 

M4A is planning to host individual county Town Hall Meetings in February - March. The purpose of the events is to gather feedback from the community on the needs of seniors, caregivers, and people of all ages with disabilities.

We will post the dates and locations of each event in our weekly newsletter and on our website in the very near future.

We are also making available a one-page Community Assessment form that will be available next week if you are interested to complete the form for your particular county. 

 
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                                             P.O. Drawer 618
                                           
                                      Saginaw, Alabama 35137

                                            
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                                         209 Cloverdale Circle
                                     
                                     Alabaster, Alabama  35007
                                           
                               
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