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Emergency Info for Senior Citizens
General
3/19/2020

March 19, 2020

Dear Senior Friend,

By now you are probably tired of hearing about COVID-19.   I don’t blame you.  I am too!  I just wanted to reach out to you today to let you know that although the senior center is closed indefinitely, I am still in the office and available to answer your questions or respond to your concerns.  My number is (315) 672-5820.

There are a few things I wanted to share with you:

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If you are in need of food or need help accessing food, please call the Crisis Food Hotline at 315-218-1987.

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If you plan to shop for yourself, please take precautions and shop at times when stores are more likely to be less crowded.  Tops Market has set aside a special time for seniors to shop from 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Other stores may have similar plans.  You might also want to shop online for curbside pick-up or delivery.

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If you have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention.  Call your primary physician to discuss being tested for the virus. 

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Avoid being a victim of scams.  Scammers prey on our vulnerabilities and we are all vulnerable right now.  Monitor your incoming calls and don’t pick up unless you know who is calling.  Let the answering machine pick up.  I realize that it is tempting to “talk to anyone” especially when you have been avoiding contact with people but I urge you not to engage in conversations with strangers.  Do not give out any personal or account information to unsolicited callers.  Do not send money or purchase debit cards to make a payment.  Apparently there is a new scam circulating about the money from the federal government.  The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.  No fees. No charges.  No nothing.  The government will not call and ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number.  Anyone who does, is a scammer.

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Do not open emails and/or attachments from unknown sources.  If you don’t recognize an email address, treat it as spam and delete it. 

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Make a plan should you get sick (who will care for you?) and make a plan should your caregiver get sick.

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Be sure to have plenty of food and supplies on hand and have all prescriptions refilled.  Ask a friend or family member to pick up the necessities and drop them off to you.  Don’t venture out unless you absolutely have to and if you do, practice social distancing – stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

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Don’t forget that the tax filing deadline is April 15th.  Unfortunately, all tax appointments through AARP have been cancelled at the senior center.  If you had an appointment, you will need to find another way to file your taxes.  You can file online yourself at IRS.gov or at HRBlock.com or you could ask a family member or friend to file online for you.  This can be done by providing your information over the phone.  Only do this with a trusted source.  If you are unable to file, you can file for an extension.  Go to IRS.gov for more information.

Things to do while you are home:

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Shower regularly and get dressed every day.

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Take your medications.  Use a wall calendar to mark off the day after you have taken your meds.

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Check on friends and other seniors in our community.  A few phone calls a day can boost your spirits and make you feel more connected to the world.

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Take a walk even if just around the inside of your house or apartment.  Get outside if you can.

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Do a jigsaw puzzle, read a new book, clean out the junk drawer, look through old photos.

·        Do some exercises.  Get out the kitchen chair and cans of soup (for hand weights) and do arm raises and bicep curls.

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Go online and do a virtual tour of a museum or watch a Broadway show.

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Turn off the news and take a break from the coronavirus coverage.

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Respond to the 2020 Census – everyone needs to be counted!

Remember, we are all in this together and we will get through this, one day at a time. 

I will update you when the senior center reopens.  Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Tricia Bacon
Senior Citizens Coordinator

 

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