May Day Pot Luck
Good food! Interesting conversation! Fun activities! These are just some of the interesting things that happen at a SAIL pot luck supper. These suppers are also times to reconnect with friends you don’t see on a regular bases.
As appropriate for a potluck supper on the first day of May, SAIL members celebrated with Celtic music and a Maypole crafted by John Reed with brightly colored ribbons. The Maypole tradition was started by English Art Critic, John Ruskin in 1881. Just as in Ruskin’s time, members danced around the pole weaving the colorful ribbons around the pole. There was much laughter and many echoes of “Which way do I go now?“.
This unusual activity was followed by a challenging bout of Trivia.
Thanks to all the wonderful cooks who provided supper and the hospitality committee who provided spring flower center pieces which created the perfect ambience for a May Day celebration.
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.