Morning News â€“ Leslie Mielke
Valerie Pascoe and Ryan Salgy examine the senior tips offered by the Blackfoot Police Department. Detective Paul Hardwicke was on hand to answer questions.
On Thursday afternoon, The Willows Assisted Living & Memory Care in Blackfoot hosted its first Senior Awareness Day.
A variety of services were available for exploration. These included hair care for mature hair and information about adult cradle cap, elder care--estate and life care planning for seniors--and denture care.
Information about home health and hospice services, pharmacy services and diabetic foot care was also available.
â€śWhat Iâ€™m emphasizing here today is crime prevention for senior citizens and how to get rid of unused meds,â€ť said Blackfoot Police Detective Paul Hardwicke.
One of the scams thatâ€™s out there is the phony 'grandchild is in trouble scam,â€ť' he said. A person pretending to be a grandson or granddaughter calls to say he/she needs help because the car is broken down or he/she is in jail.
He/she then asks money be wired to him or her, Hardwicke said.
â€śThis is a terrible scam,â€ť he said.
Another scam is a person calls and wants something from you â€” bank account, credit card information or the person wants money to be deposited.
â€śIf someone wants something from you, hang up the phone,â€ť Hardwicke said. â€śDo not engage the person in conversation. He/she will try to talk you out of your decision (to hang up).â€ť
â€śConfirm it before wiring money,â€ť he said. â€śCall the family member to ask if he/she has just called you. Call the local branch of your bank or call the phone number on the back of the credit card to make sure the institution has contacted you.
â€śDonâ€™t ever give out any of your personal information unless you know for sure who is asking you for it,â€ť said Hardwicke. â€śDonâ€™t send money to someone youâ€™re not sure about. Â
â€śCall the police,â€ť he said. â€śLet us try to find out whatâ€™s going on.â€ť
Hardwicke had one more tip for seniors. Be careful who you let into your house. Do not let strangers into your home.
â€śThey will play with your emotions,â€ť Hardwicke said. â€śFor example, they may have a child with them who needs to use the bathroom.
â€śWhile the child is using the bathroom, the stranger may be stealing a purse or medication or your checkbook or credit cards.
â€śCall the police; they can help you.â€ť
There are three places in Blackfoot where unused medicine can be taken. These places are:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Blackfoot Police Station--the receptacle is across from the driverâ€™s license office.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Upstairs in the Blackfoot City Hall. Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Blackfoot fire station. Itâ€™s open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Â â€śWe would like to thank the local vendors who participated in this Senior Awareness event,â€ť said The Willows marketing director Ryan Salgy. â€śWe had a good turnout.
â€śWe wanted our residents and their families and people in the community to know there is assistance for them,â€ť he said.
â€śWe are definitely doing this again,â€ť said Salgy.