Do not miss the opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet on Oct. 26. The UH Portage Medical Center in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is offering this one day opportunity to dispose of “expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances” as well as other medications.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Watch for signs for the exact location on the medical center’s campus. Also available at this same day and time “Shred-it” will be on site accepting paper products for shredding and recycling. This is an opportunity to dispose of paper products with your name or ID numbers on them, which can help prevent your identity theft.
For additional information call 330-297-0811.
With Winter fast approaching, and the thought of being “cooped up” in your home for endless days, you might want to consider volunteering your time at the UH Portage Medical Center.
The volunteer staff are looking for individuals to work in their gift shop (The Chestnut Tree), transport patients within the medical center, work in the emergency department (evenings/weekends), at the main lobby reception desk (weekends) or at the surgery reception desk. The auxiliary is also looking for more volunteers to help with their various fundraising activities., which enhance not only the services to the patients but to the medical center itself.
If transportation may be an issue for you, contact PARTA (330-678-1287), in the past they have transported seniors to Volunteer Assignments for free.
For more information about the volunteer opportunities at the medical center contact Volunteer Services at 330-297-2591.
I recently came across a new pamphlet (to me) from Dave Yost, Ohio attorney general, called “Keeping Ohioans Safe and Informed.” The contents provide brief, concise information about various scams and how to prevent becoming scammed.
The pamphlet details information about: advance fee loans and grants, computer repair scams, credit repair scams, fake check scams, family and caregiver scams, foreclosure rescue scams, grandparent scams, home improvement fraud, identity theft, impostor scams, online shopping scams and phony charities. I did not think there were that many ways to get us older Americans to give our money way. (Well I admit that I did know about casinos and how they take my money. Can we call them a scam?)
To obtain a copy of this brochure, or to report a scam, contact Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office at 1-800-282-0515 or email them at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
This organization also offers free speakers on consumer protection issues … might want to think about this for a group you belong to.
Along this same line, I also obtained a 2020 calendar put out by Sherry Bevan Walsh, Summit County prosecuting attorney. On the first page of the calendar it reports that scams cost seniors $36.5 billion Dollar a year!!
Please do not believe that you could never be caught up in a scam. Your neighbors and friends did not think that would happen to them either but many have been scammed.
On Oct. 17, the Scope Portage County Senior Center will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn Program” to discuss Medicare changes and updates. For more information and how to become a part of this discussion call 330-297-3456.
I am sure this will be the first of many opportunities to learn more about the new offerings from our Part D Medicare providers. And we know there a lot of them out there who want our business.