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    Falls Talk Personalized Fall Prevention

    A Health Promotion Program for Adults 60+

    What is Fall Talk?

    It is one-on-one program conducted in a no contact COVID-19 safe way to help you become aware of best practices and practical interventions to prevents falls.  This program meets the Administration of Community Living’s highest level criteria for evidence-based health promotion programs.

    A personalized approach that helps you discover your own “fall threats”.  This increased awareness translates into successful fall prevention in real life situations and MOST IMPORTANTLY has successfully prevented falls!

    This program is supported by the Senior Resources-Agency on Aging with Title III funds made available under the Older Americans Act.

    Program is at NO COST

    Stay Independent and Active

    Contact us Today

    Connie Capacchione, Program Coordinator, Uncas Health District, 860-823-1189 Ext: 122, c-capacchione@uncashd.org

    Visit us on the web: www.uncashd.org

    Top Scams Targeting Older Americans in 2021

    Here’s how to recognize and protect yourself from these costly cons
    Frauds aimed at older adults are becoming more creative.
    Scammers stay on top of whatever is new, such as the
    popularity of Zoom, COVID-19 vaccines and online
    shopping, and then move fast to create ploys that best fit
    the moment.

    COVID-19 vaccination card scams
    Many who got a COVID vaccine posted selfies on social
    media showing off their vaccination card. Scammers
    immediately pounced.
    The scheme: With your full name, birth date and
    information about where you received your shot, scammers
    have valuable data for identity theft, breaking into your bank
    accounts, getting credit cards in your name and more.
    How to avoid: If you want to inform friends and family that
    you got your shots, a selfie with a generic vaccine sticker
    will suffice. “Or use a Got My Vaccine profile picture frame
    on social media,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
    suggests. And review your social media security settings to
    choose who can see your posts.

    Phony online shopping websites
    Phony retail websites aren’t new, but they look more real
    today than ever before. Fake sites are using photos from
    real online retailers and mimicking their look and feel.
    The scheme: You click on an ad online or on social media,
    see stuff you like at a great price, enter your credit card info
    … and never receive a product. Or you receive a lower quality item shipped directly from an overseas seller.
    How to avoid: Never click on an ad to go to a retailer’s
    website. Instead, bookmark the URLs of trusted shopping
    websites you visit frequently and use those, suggests Tyler
    Moore, professor of cybersecurity at the University of Tulsa.
    Don’t bother with trying to figure out whether the web
    address is real. Attackers adapt and change them
    frequently.
    If you’re considering buying from a new site, first check
    online reviews as well as the company’s track record via the
    Better Business Bureau’s online directory (bbb.org).

    Medicare card scams
    Scammers are emailing, calling and even knocking on
    doors, claiming to be from Medicare and offering all sorts of
    pandemic-related services if you “verify” your Medicare ID
    number.
    The scheme: The offers include new cards they claim
    contain microchips. Some posers are asking for payment to
    move beneficiaries up in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.
    How to avoid: Hang up the phone, shut the door, and
    delete the email. According to the Centers for Medicare &
    Medicaid Services, Medicare will never contact you without
    permission for your Medicare number or other personal
    information. And it will never call to sell you anything. Guard
    your Medicare number and never pay for a COVID vaccine.
    It’s free.

    Social Security scam calls
    Scammers are using “spoofed” phone numbers that look
    like they’re coming from Washington, D.C., to appear
    credible.
    The scheme: You get a scary phone call saying your Social
    Security number was used in a crime — and you’ll be
    arrested soon if you don’t send money to fix it. They may
    say your number was used to rent a car where drugs were
    found and that the Drug Enforcement Agency is on their
    way to your house. The caller may refer you to a local law enforcement website where you can see the person’s
    picture. You think you’ve checked it out, call them back and
    send money.
    How to avoid: Don’t pick up the phone unless you
    absolutely know who’s calling. If it’s important, they’ll leave
    a voicemail.

    Account takeover scam texts
    Scammers are sending fake text messages alleging
    there’s big trouble with your internet account, a credit
    card, and bank account or shopping order on Amazon.
    They want you to click on links and provide personal
    info.
    The scheme: The urgent-sounding text message may
    have a real-looking logo. People don’t expect
    scammers to use text messages, so they’re more
    likely to click.
    How to avoid: Remember, don’t click on links in
    emails and texts that you haven’t asked for. Call your
    bank or credit card company to check for a problem.
    Installing security software on your computer and
    keeping it updated is also crucial, says cybersecurity
    expert Brian Payne, of Old Dominion University in
    Norfolk, Virginia.

    AARP’s Fraud Watch Network can help you spot
    and avoid scams. Sign up for free Watchdog
    Alerts, review our scam-tracking map, or call our
    toll-free fraud helpline at 877-908-3360 if you or a
    loved one suspect you’ve been a victim

    RENTER’S REBATES

    Senior or disabled low-income renters may be eligible for a partial rebate of rent and utility bills, excluding telephone and cable. The filing period is April 1 through October 1. Applications are available at the Assessor’s Office.

    For more information and to apply contact our Assessor’s office at 860-376-5115

    PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR BLIND OR TOTALLY DISABLED PERSONS

    Connecticut law provides for a $3,000 assessment exemption for taxpayers who are legally blind. Proof of the blindness (certification by a qualified medical practitioner) must be presented to the Assessor prior to October 1 in order for the exemption to be applied to that assessment year’s tax bill.
    Connecticut law also provides for a $1,000 exemption for totally disabled persons who are receiving benefits under a federal, state or local retirement plan, which contains requirements comparable to those of the Social Security Administration. Proof of disability must be presented to the Assessor prior to October 1 in order for the exemption to be applied to that assessment year’s taxes.
    Homeowners who are totally disabled may also be qualified for tax credits under the State-sponsored Homeowners Program even if they have not reached age 65. Please refer to the information in this brochure under the title “Property Tax Credits for Senior and Disabled Persons.”

    PROPERTY TAX CREDITS FOR SENIORS OR DISABLED PERSONS

    Property tax credits from $150 to $1,250 from total tax are available for low-income seniors or disabled homeowners on their primary residence. Eligibility for the “Homeowner’s Program” is based on the following criteria:
    Property owner who is at least 65 years old as of December 31 proceeding the filing period or is at least 50 years old and the widow(er) of a previously approved applicant is eligible. Totally disabled taxpayers regardless of age may also be eligible upon presentation of a Social Security Award Letter or an SSA-1099 with Medicare premiums, or proof of benefits comparable to those of the Social Security Administration. Property must be owned or held in “life use” by the applicant as of October 1 of the year prior to the application period and at the time of application.

    Income limits are determined annually by the State of Connecticut.* “Income” is considered income from all sources, including tax-exempt interest and Social Security. The income limit for the 2019 tax year is $45,100 for couples and $37,000 for single applicants. Applications must be renewed every two years between February 1 and May 15. Applicants must bring with them copies of their Federal Income Tax (if filed) and their SSA-1099. If taxes are not filed, applicant must provide statements of all income sources (pensions, interest income, SSA-1099, etc.)

    *Qualifying Income thresholds are based on Connecticut Office of Policy & Management guidelines set annually.