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September SAIL Brown Bag Luncheon
Approximately 40 SAIL members attended the September Brown Bag luncheon at the Trinity Church Fellowship Hall on Friday, September 16th.
The guest speaker for the luncheon was Karen Rice, the Shepherd University Director of the Lifelong Learning Program. She gave an enjoyable and informative presentation about a recent Shepherd sponsored trip to Cuba.
In addition to Karen's presentation, attendees enjoyed piano entertainment by member Bob Gerstmyer. Betty Snyder and Ted Walton led a brief sing-along. It was a festive event and enjoyed by all.
SAILers Kayak and Canoe on the Potomac
During the months of August, September, and October, Nan J organized, outfitted, and led 13 kayak outings. All total 9 paddlers including Diana E, Bob G, Suzie P, Dottie M, Cathy L, Bill D, James S, LouAnn S, and Nan J, participated on multiple occasions in the early morning and afternoon outings. The early mornings outings included more wildlife viewing, and in October watching the sunrise.
The end of year paddle on Oct 18th included 7 people paddling 4 miles from Snyder's Landing to the Shepherdstown boat ramp. We had this trip on our bucket list and we made it happen!
SAIL's creation is rooted in the "village movement," a neighbor helping neighbor system developed around the country by seniors who are assisted by other members of their community. SAIL provides members with help going to and from the grocery store and appointments, with simple home repairs, with access to reliable service providers, with organized outings to cultural events, and fun activities such as walking groups, board game and card groups, and more.
SAIL membership is open to anyone interested in its services who lives in the 876 and 870 telephone exchanges.
“Keeping the wind in our sails!”
SAIL Volunteer Training Workshop - "Recognizing & Responding to Elder Abuse"
On Friday, October 14, SAIL conducted an afternoon training workshop for SAIL members/volunteers at the St. Agnes Parish House.
The subject of the training session was - Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse. Presenting the seminar were two representatives from the WV Department of Health & Human Resources. The presenters were Shelly Nicewarner (Social Services Coordinator) and Kathryn Davis (Social Services Supervisor for Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties).
Eighteen persons attended the very informative training session. Light refreshments were provided.
Some Words to the Wise on SCAMS
Seniors lose millions of dollars each year to heartless fraudsters. Here are some tips to be sure that YOU don’t fall victim to Senior SCAMS:
1. Never give your bank account or Social Security number to someone you do not know, even if they appear to be from a legitimate institution, like the IRS.
2. Do not respond to a message on your computer that says your virus protection has been compromised.
3. Don’t send money to anyone who says they are in a hospital in a foreign country and need your help. Frequently, they report that they have had their passport and wallet stolen – and need money to get back home.
4. Don’t respond to a notification that you have won a sweepstakes or an all- expense paid travel vacation.
5. If someone who sounds like your grandchild calls to say they are in trouble, immediately call their cell phone or call their parents to make sure that the situation is factual.
6. The IRS never communicates by phone or email. They only communicate via US Mail.
7. New Medicare Cards do not have Social Security numbers, but people are calling to “confirm” your number – in an attempt to learn your number.
8. Beware of vendors going door-to-door recommending repairs to your roof, chimney, or driveway.
For more information, you may contact the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800 677-1116.