Scams and getting taken advantage of – Content by Judy

    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 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

    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.


    Norwich Human Services and Norwich Youth and Family Services are seeking individuals and organizations that are willing to adopt one or more families for our “Adopt-A-Family” program this Holiday season.  All Families are from the Norwich area, have been screened by a case manager, are known to be in need and most are living below the poverty level.

    Thanks to the kind and generous support in the past by individuals and organizations such as you, we are able to make holidays more joyful for many young children in the community.  If you or your organization would be willing to adopt at least one family, we would greatly appreciate your support.

    You may contact us at (860) 823-3778 or by email at

    Please indicate the family size you would be willing to sponsor.  You or your organization will then be sent information about a family in need.  The information will include the first names, ages, sizes and special interests of each family member.

    Please consider sharing this request with your family and friends to help us identify new sponsors.

    Thank you!  Your kindness will not be forgotten.

    The staff at Norwich Human Services


    Walk with Ease- Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday

    Time- 2:oopm to 3:00pm

    Class led by a Certified Walk With Ease instructor

    Certified by the Arthritis Foundation, Walk With Ease is a program that “teaches you to SAFELY make physical activity part of your everyday life”.  This program can help reduce pain and discomfort from arthritis, increase balance and strength, and improve your overall health.

    Don’t let arthritis hold you back – learn how walking can help you to move easier and with less pain and improve your quality of life.  Take control of your pain and your life with this first step!

    Program possible with a grant from Senior Resources with Title III funds available under the Older Americans Act.


    Wednesday, December 4th – Safety Research Survey

    Time: 10:45am

    Interested in helping college students conduct research about safety?  We want to hear from you!
    Students from Eastern Connecticut State University will be here collecting survey data on different safety topics.  Topics included motor vehicle and firearm safety.  We urge you to come join us to learn more about older adult safety practices and take a brief survey.  Snacks will be provided and participants will be entered into a raffle to win $10 visa gift cards.  Hope to see you there!
    Sign up at Reception if you will be attending.

    Thursday, December 25th- Christmas Day Party

    Time: 11:00am

    The Christmas elves (new and old) will be hosting their Annual Christmas Party on December 25th! Don’t stay home alone – Come join us!  We will be having the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, ending with a delicious dessert.  After dinner, Santa Claus will be making his annual appearance before heading back to the North Pole.  After we bid goodbye to Santa for the year, we will have fun playing Bingo!

    Come and enjoy a traditional meal, some homemade snacks and visit with old friends and new.  

    If you know someone who will be alone, tell them to join us.  We promise they won’t be sorry.

    Please call starting December 2nd to make your reservation.  Sign up by December 20th.

    Call (860) 889-5960 to sign up and for details on available transportation.

    Doors will be open at 11:00 AM and hors d’oeuvre’s will be served starting at 11:15 AM.

    Dinner will be served at 12:00 PM.  Come with a good appetite.  We will close at 3:00 PM.