A FREE virtual event through the ADRC that we have coming up focused on connecting individuals to exercise opportunities that are going to help prevent falls.
Aspirus, Marshfield Clinic, the ADRC of Portage County and ADRC of Central Wisconsin have partnered to offer: “Let’s Get Physical: Getting and Staying Active to Prevent Falls” on September 7 from 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. Guest experts will help to:
Connect people to local and home-based exercises to improve strength and balance.
See demonstrations of exercises proven to help prevent falls.
Discuss ways to maximize preventive insurance benefits, such as Silver Sneakers or One Pass.
See the attached flyer for more details. Register online at www.adrc-cw.org/falls/ or by calling 888-486-9545. Registration is open through September 6. ** If you know someone who is interested in attending, but does not have access to the internet/computer/tablet etc, please call the ADRC at 888-486-9545, as there may be other options available.
A Los Angeles, Cal. man is accused of swindling multiple Wausau-area victims out of tens of thousands of dollars in an alleged “grandparent scam,” while facing similar charges in two additional Wisconsin counties.
William T. Comfort, 27, is being summoned into Marathon County Circuit Court Aug. 25 to face three counts of theft by false representation between $10,000 and $100,000 as party to a crime, with increased penalties for an elderly victim. Comfort is accused of posing as an attorney and collecting money from three separate elderly people in the metro area who thought they were helping a grandchild in trouble.
The three alleged thefts happened between May 6 and May 11.
Grandparent scams and related cons are common. According to AARP, from 2015 through the first quarter of 2020, the FTC logged more than 91,000 reports of crooks posing as a relative or friend of the victim. Police say such scams can be lucrative: Eight people charged in a July 2021 federal indictment allegedly ran a nationwide scam network that used this ruse to steal some $2 million from more than 70 older Americans over an 11-month period in 2019 and 2020.
Tips and resources from AARP are below.
The person claiming to be your grandchild asks you to send money immediately and provides details on how — for example, via gift-card, prepaid card or wiring money to a particular Western Union office.
The call comes late at night. Scammers figure an older person may get confused more easily if they call then, the National Consumers League warns.
Do set the privacy settings on your social media accounts so that only people you know can access your posts and photos. Scammers search Facebook, Instagram and other social networks for family information they can use to fool you.
Do hang up immediately and call the grandchild or other family member in question, on a known number, to make sure they’re safe. With luck, they’ll answer, and you’ll know the supposed emergency call is a scam.
Do contact other family members or friends if you have any concern that the emergency could be real. Scammers plead with you to keep the situation a secret precisely so you won’t try to confirm it.
If you speak to someone who claims to be a police officer, do call the relevant law enforcement agency to verify the person’s identity and any information they’ve given you.
Do trust your instincts. As the American Bar Association advises, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
Don’t drop your guard because the number on your caller ID looks familiar. Scammers can use technological tricks to make it appear that they’re calling from a trusted number, the Federal Communications Commission warns.
Don’t volunteer information — scammers fish for facts they can use to make the impersonation believable. For example, if the caller says, “It’s me, grandpa!” don’t say your grandchild’s name. Wait for the caller say it.
Don’t let a caller rush you into making a decision.
Don’t send cash, wire money, or provide numbers from gift or cash-reload cards to a person claiming to be a grandchild. Scammers prefer those payment methods because they’re difficult to trace.
Don’t panic, no matter how dire the grandchild’s predicament sounds. Scam artists want to get you upset to distract you from spotting the ruse.
You can report any fraud targeting older people to the FTC online or at 877-382-4357. You might also want to notify your state’s attorney general and consumer protection office.
If you sent money to a suspected scammer via Western Union, call the company’s fraud hotline (800-448-1492) as soon as possible. Ditto if you used MoneyGram (800-926-9400). If the transfer has not yet been paid, Western Union or MoneyGram may be able to stop the transaction and refund your money.
Myth 1: The older you get, the less sleep you need.
– We might wish this were the case, but older adults still need 7 or 9 hours of sleep each night. Adequate sleep can help reduce your risk of falls, improve your overall mental well-being, and help reduce your risk for certain health conditions.
Myth 2: Depression is normal for older adults
– Although depression is a common mood disorder, it is not a normal part of aging. Talk with your doctor if you begin showing signs of depression, such as irritability or decreased energy.
Myth 3. Older adults can’t learn new things
– Not true! Older adults can still learn new things, create new memories, and improve their performance on a variety of skills.
Myth 4: Memory problems always mean Alzheimer’s disease
– Not all memory problems are a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Talk with your doctor to determine whether the memory changes you’re noticing are normal or whether they may be a sign of something more serious.
Myth 5: Older adults do not need to exercise
– Older adults have a lot to gain by being active- and a lot to lose by sitting too much. Exercise and physical activity can help manage some chronic conditions, improve mental and physical health, and maintain independence as you age.
Sleep impacts our ability to function during the day and overtime this can impact our quality of life and lead to chronic health conditions. The link between poor sleep and weight gain happens because sleep regulates the hormones that tell us when we are hungry and signals when we are full. When our sleep is disrupted, it can cause us to eat more and to crave junk food.
Getting enough sleep is also important for mental health, a strong immune system and balanced emotions. Sleepiness during the day puts people at higher risk of falling.
We each need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Waking up during the night is okay, as long as you are able to fall back asleep . The quantity and quality of sleep is what’s important.
So, how can we improve our sleep?
* Use your bedroom for sleep only. No TV, computers, smart phones. Keep the temperature comfortable
* Have an evening of routine. Stop using technology at a certain time of the night and listen to relaxing music or journal.
* Limit foods and beverages (i.e., caffeinated drinks and alcohol) after dinner – as those can keep you up longer.
* Be physically active every day and get outside. Exercising in the morning can improve your mood and gives you energy to go all day.