Here are some suggestions for PREVENTING FALLS in the winter:
Allow enough time to get where you are going. The chances of falling increase when you rush; use less caution.
Exercise caution when getting into and out of vehicles. Always hold securely to a door or another person.
Take the path of least resistance. Look for the safest route to your location, including the paths into buildings.
Ask for help. Ask someone to help you navigate slippery or unsafe paths.
Concentrate on the path ahead. Take your time and walk slowly & deliberately. Wear appropriate footwear.
Wear footwear with rough-textured soles that provide good grip in all conditions.
Use handrails when they are provided. Holding securely to a handhold can prevent a fall if you should slip.
It’s that time of year when we are thinking about what to buy or make for gifts. What’s the right thing? What do they want? What will they use??
For some folks you know exactly what to get but then for others you have no idea!! Some people seem to have everything they want and never ask for anything – even when you ask them what they want. So, then you are searching and wondering and worrying as what to get.
Oft times there are not so obvious gifts we can give….
Fuel oil – wouldn’t it be so cool to get 150 gallons! Who would say no to that!!
Newspaper – if they read it every day or just on Sundays, they’ll be thinking of you as they are reading
Amazon Prime membership – yup that’s my gift!! I use it all of the time!!
Something to do with their hobby
Quilter – fabric store gift card
Woodworker – Home Depot card
Senior Center membership or put it on their trip account – give them a stack of $1 bills to use for their lunches
These are just a few ideas and then you could make coupons they can redeem for things like….
A ride – anywhere they want – maybe to go leaf peeping or a visit down memory lane
Go to church with them
Invite them over – have dinner – watch a movie – play a game
Include them in your family outing – take them to the little league game, the scout meeting, the school play
You don’t have to spent much to make someone’s day!! Often, it’s free to make them happy!!
Snow cancellations and early closings are on the following stations: Television–Channel 2, WFSB Channel 3, Radio Stations WNLC (98.7), WICH (1310 am), WCTY (97.7) and K-HITS (100.9).
Closing includes the Fitness Center and Coastal Café. If schools are delayed, the center will open at 8:30 & transportation will start at 9am. If you are not sure, please call the center. The center will not reopen until the parking lot and sidewalks are plowed for your safety.
CALL BEFORE YOU GO Info Line is 860-445-2989.
As the holidays approach it becomes almost prime season for the scams to pop up. There is the feeling of good will and sharing. There is the end of year giving for tax purposes.
And there are the schemes out there looking to catch you in your weak moment. We have all heard of the lady getting taken advantage of for thousands of dollars. She goes to the bank and transfers her savings to the love of her life overseas.
Well that guy who convinced her to send her savings is trying to convince dozens of other ladies to send him money as well. And he laughs all the way to the bank!!
Now you wonder. How do I not fall victim to these scams? How do I keep my guard up?
One big way is to not answer the phone when someone you don’t know calls you. When your phone rings and it’s a number or name you don’t know – let the phone continue to ring and have your answering machine answer. All of those unwanted calls do not leave messages.
Now you can block those numbers from calling your again and again. If you don’t know how to block numbers, ask a family member or friend to help you.
Otherwise just let it ring every time they call you. Do not answer!!
Also, you can register for free with the National Do Not Call Registry. This can be done online at donotcall.gov or by calling 1-866-290-4236. Registrations do not expire. If you have previously registered your number, there is no need to register again. You can also check to see if your number is already on the Registry at donotcall.gov
Then there is Junk mail. Don’t even open it. Shred it!! Remember it’s called junk mail for a very good reason!!
Do not send anyone money. Don’t send money to those organizations that are out there doing mass mailings and asking for your hard-earned dollars. If you think it’s an organization you want to help, research how much of every dollar they get goes to help the people they are asking you to help. Lots of times it’s pennies. The rest goes to the campaign to raise the money.
And if you want to help those less fortunate than you consider giving locally. There are many different groups in your area doing marvelous work and can always find a great way to use your dollars. Often, it’s much more meaningful for us when we see how that agency, we gave money to is helping those in our neighborhood, our town or our area.
“Just hang up!” The older generation has a hard time being” rude” – we are urging you “be rude and hang up”. Scam artists are trained to keep you on the telephone. The longer you stay on the telephone the more likely they are to illicit information. ANY information, even things you believe to be non-relevant, can be used by the scammers now or for future scam attempts.
Protect yourself and just hang up! To learn more sign up for our newest night of SCAM program, Tuesday November 19th at 5 -7 pm with Town of Groton Police Department. Registration is needed– please call 860-441-6785 or stop at our front desk.