Aging Services Bureau offers tips on stopping financial exploitation

Senior Center News
Joni Schaff / Council on Aging Dir.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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The senior citizens in Hardin gathered for the July birthday dinner at the senior center on Wednesday, July 18.

The birthday guests included Eleanor Hart, Nancy Nedens, Bonnie Vandersloot, Melanie Shull, Jean Kern and Jerry Metcalf. Eleanor played the doxology and the “Happy Birthday to You” song.

The hostess was Kathy Koch. She provided a door prize to the birthday guest over the age of 85, Jean Kern.

Jerry Metcalf, along with Jessy Espinoza, provided good music for the dinner crowd.

The birthday cake was a gift from Shirley and Cliff Groombridge, made at the IGA Bakery in Hardin.

First Interstate Bank sponsors the cost of the ingredients for the dinner. The volunteer from the bank was Norm Bellows, who helped serve the meal to our 55 patrons.

Guests included Ruth Benzel’s daughter Dianna Rice and husband Larry. Other guests, of Charlene and Harvey Warren, were Dorothy and Tom Avila from California. Tom donated $20 to the Hardin Senior Center.

The 50-50 raffle was held and Ruth Barnes was the winner. She donated $40 back to the Senior Citizens Association. The Association helps support the Council on Aging with a donation to the meals and transportation programs each month. 

This year’s major fundraiser is a gift basket. The drawing is Sept. 4. You won’t believe the size and quantity of items in the gift basket unless you stop in at the senior center to see for yourself. The E & R Church Women’s Guild donated to the Homebound or Needy Persons Nutrition program. A thank you is sent to the ladies for your generosity.

The Montana Aging Services Bureau Legal Services Developer is Katy Lovell. This week’s information is on stopping financial exploitation.

There are a few steps that can be taken to safely and responsibly stop exploitation:

If the exploiter is a caregiver, terminate their employment immediately.

If the exploiter is a family member or friend, inform the rest of your family or friend group and confront the exploiter together with your concerns.

If a caller or door-to-door salesperson is pressuring you, hang up the phone or shut the door.

If a threatening pop-up appears on your computer, close the window, close your browser, and if need be, restart your computer.

Freeze your bank and credit/debit card accounts.

Put a credit freeze or fraud alert on your account by calling Equifax (800-349-9960), Experian (888-397-3742) and TransUnion (888-909-8872). You must call all three agencies separately.

Close any fraudulent accounts opened by the exploiter.

If the exploiter is using a power of attorney to control your finances, complete a revocation of the POA immediately. Deliver this POA first to all financial and/or medical institutions you use and only after that has been completed, give a copy to the exploiter.

Report exploitation as soon as you can to police, Adult Protective Services, Montana Aging Services Bureau or the appropriate organization.

Each case of exploitation is different and requires different actions to remedy. If you are unsure of what steps to take, call Katy at (406) 444-7787.

Next week at noon on Friday, July 27, join us at the BHC Historical Museum for a potluck/picnic. Bring a side dish to share and plates. We provide the drinks and plasticware.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, volunteers may come to the senior center at 10 a.m. to help decorate for August.

Help support the youth of Big Horn County. 4-H Fair week is Monday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Fairgrounds.

The senior center invites you to come for lunch. Call by 10 a.m. The phone number is (406) 665-2581.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, July 26 – spaghetti, vegetables, salad, garlic bread, dessert
Friday, July 27 – picnic
Monday, July 30 – chili dogs, chips, dip, vegetables, dessert
Tuesday, July 31 – taco salad, veggie tray, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Aug. 1 – burger bundles, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, Aug. 2 – tuna casserole, vegetables, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, July 27 – hot dog, bun, potato salad, melon, ice cream sundae
Monday, July 30 – barbecue meatballs, rice, green beans, cornbread, Chex cookie