Now that we’re in the “good ole’ summertime” it’s time to kick back and relax. Get a good book and sit by a fan, prop up your feet and “chill out”! Seriously, be careful; drink cool beverages, avoiding alcohol & caffeine, wear lightweight clothing, avoid strenuous activity, and come to the center where it’s air-conditioned!!!
One area you don’t want to relax in is protecting your identity. I’ve recently obtained a list of ways to minimize your risk of Identity Theft:

  1. Never give your whole S. S. #. Last 4 digits or other I. D. will do.
  2. When buying new checks, use only your first initial and last name. PO Box is best for address. Your bank knows how you endorse a check, a thief won’t! Close all inactive accounts.
  3. Keep your hand over the ATM key pad. Memorize your pin # - don’t write it anywhere. Be sure the ATM “looks” like a real ATM.
  4. Cut up old or expired credit cards. Close inactive accounts.
  5. Invest in a shredder. Shred any trash with account and/or S.S. numbers on it.

Another area not to relax in is Investment Fraud. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Before you invest, talk to someone you trust – family member, banker, accountant.
  2. Junk Mail? Delete or tear it up. The Web site www.opt-out.cdt.org/online provides links to remove your info from sites containing personal information.
  3. Before making investments, check with $AIF. Visit www.corp.ca.gov or call 866-ASK-CORP. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. Register with the National Do Not Call Registry, a free government service, so you won’t receive telemarketing calls. www.donotcall.gov.
  5. If you have already fallen for a scam, change your phone number so you won’t be on a “sucker’s list” that is sold to other crooks.

Seniors are targeted because many are lonely or bored. That’s why it is so important to keep occupied. Come to the Senior Center regularly and be around other people. Idle minds can think of a lot of foolishness. Stay busy.

Those of you who have a Medicare Part D Plan remember that the “open enrollment period” to reevaluate & change your plan is from October 15, 2018 to December 7, 2018. Don’t procrastinate!! Wait until after Dec. 7th & you’ll be stuck with your old plan all of 2019 which may go up in price and/or change formulary so as to not cover what you take now.

If you or someone you know is turning 65 or going on Medicare soon, be sure to attend the Medicare 101 Seminars here at the Center on Wed. Aug. 15th, Mon. Oct.22nd & Dec. 10th @ 7:00PM & Mon. Sept. 17th at 12:45pm. Medicare Update will be on Nov. 12th at 12:45pm. We will have answers to questions regarding how to sign up, what to look for in insurance and what is good information or junk mail that will be flooding your mail box. There will be handouts of resources & information. Bring friends and relatives with you to these informative classes.\

Be sure to return & sign the white info sheet that was included in last months newsletter, and please answer all of the questions. The Department of Aging requires us to obtain this information and our future funding could be determined by the number of people we serve and can substantiate by having this info. You need to be counted so please help us assist you. Thanks for your cooperation. We want to be able to serve you the best we can.

The deadline for filing PA RENT & TAX REBATE Forms has been extended to December 31st. Stop by if you need help.

Stay cool and have a great August!


Chester County Fook Bank
Chester County Senior Food Box Program (CCSFBP)

Is a county funded program that helps seniors gain access to nutritious foods so they can better improve their health.

If you or someone you know is at least 60 yrs. old and has low income, please register for the CCSFBP box that is available to qualifying seniors each month.

Each box may contain packaged fruit, non-perishable proteins, vegetables, carbyhydraes & dairy!!

Proof of age is required at sign up. There is no charge for this food. If you qualify then CCSFBP Box can be picked up the 1st Monday of every month between 1:00-3:00pm.

For more information contact

Sally Arter

(610) 932-5244
12 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363




From time to time we all know we need information but have no idea how to find answers.



The Chester County Department of Human Services is pleased to introduce Refer Web, an Information and Referral web-based application. Simply visit their website at www.chesco.org/human. Once on the site, locate the Refer Web icon, click on it and start searching.



Sally is the Center's very own Information & Assistance Specialist. Her responsibilities included helping you find the answers to your questions.



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