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M4A WARNS CONSUMERS OF HOLIDAY SCAMS

GIFT CARD SCAMS - Christmas gift cards can be manipulated by thieves. Scammers sometimes rub off the security codes from gift cards while they are still on store shelves and wait until they think the gift card has been sold and activated. They will then spend the money, leaving the recipient with no money left on the card. To avoid this scam, make sure the gift card you are buying is intact before you buy it. Compare it to other gift cards of the same variety. Be sure to keep your gift card receipt.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS - Shoppers should be extra vigilant this time of year for crimes of opportunity. It is always best to keep the following in mind:

Always park in a well-lit area.                                                                     
• Do not leave your purse or presents in plain view in your vehicle.
• Do not leave your purse unattended in your shopping cart.
• If possible, always shop with a friend or family member. There is safety in numbers.
• If meeting someone to purchase something bought online, such as from Craigslist or Facebook, meet in a heavily trafficked and well-lit area. If possible, meet in the parking lot of your local police department or sheriff’s office.

To report suspected consumer fraud, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-5658. You can also visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ago.alabama.gov and click on “Consumer Protection.

M4A YEAR REVIEW & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Reporting from October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016

M4A is proud of the work we have done serving older adults and people of all ages with a disability and we want to share our success with our readers.
  • ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center): Assisted 3,521 individuals through our ADRC.
  • SENIORX (Medication Assistance): Assisted over 894 clients with medication saving over $2.604 Million Dollars.
  • CARES (Caregiver Program): Assisted 854 clients and provided 12,214 hours of respite.
  • NUTRITION (Meal Program): Served 246,986 hot meals (congregate and home bound) and 105,990 frozen meals. Served 6,796 congregate clients, 4,431 home bound clients and 4,862 frozen clients.
  • SHIP (Insurance Counseling): Assisted 7,808 individuals with their Insurance coverage.
    • Screened 7,741 for Extra Help with their Part D (Low Income Subsidy).



 

Senior Centers act as a focal point for older adults to receive many aging services. They are a vital part of the aging network. M4A works with 25 local centers in the middle of Alabama. Senior Centers are community-based and may provide many services including:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Daily fun activities
  • Health and wellness education
  • Arts and humanities
  • Transportation services
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Leisure travel programs
For a listing of your local senior center please click here.

THE SENIOR CENTERS ACROSS OUR REGION HAVE A LOT TO OFFER. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER TODAY. GET INVOLVED.

Published on May 9, 2016 by the Alliance for Aging Research

Malnutrition can happen to anyone, but older adults are particularly at risk. Malnutrition does not just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger, or who do not have access to healthy food. Older adults are more likely to have chronic conditions that put them at risk for malnutrition. Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions can impact appetite, make eating difficult, change metabolism, and require dietary restrictions. This short "pocket film" (LINK BELOW) covers who is at risk for malnutrition, the debilitating impact it can have on older adults, tips for identifying the condition, and how it can be treated and prevented. The film is also available in Spanish. 

PLEASE WATCH THIS 5 MINUTE VIDEO FROM THE ALLIANCE FOR AGING RESEARCH.
M4A's Elderly Nutrition Program provides seniors with nutritious meals and the opportunity to be active while also building new friendships. Our program helps individuals receive the nutrition they need and prevents food insecurities.  In most areas, a meal delivery program is available for home bound seniors who qualify. There is no charge for the meal. Contributions are gratefully accepted.
 
Who is eligible to participate?
  • Anyone who is 60 years or older
  • Spouses of participants, regardless of age
  • Persons with a disability residing with an eligible participant
  •  Persons with a disability under the age of 60 residing in a living community where the Elderly Nutrition program is provided
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