Scammers never take time off and, in times of uncertainty or a crisis, still come up with ways to rip off the public often based on their fears. They will exploit any situation they think will help them be more successful in their scam.
According to ABC News, scammers are already trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 fears and claim to be calling about President Trump's stimulus package. Scammers are calling to tell you that you qualify for $1,000-$14,000 in relief from COVID-19 from the federal government. In some cases, the caller states it's grant money. They tell you can get your money right away if you just give the caller your debit or credit card information.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, other scams include:
- companies claiming to sell products to cure or treat COVID-19
- Phishing emails-emails with headings related to the Coronavirus that include links that, by clicking on, could compromise your personal information or contain viruses
- charity scams
- online solicitation about immunizations
- stock scams
- undelivered goods-items you may have ordered not being received
Visit ftc.gov for information on scams, what to do if you've been scammed, and where you can file a complaint.
Visit aarp.org for additional information on scams.
The County of Delaware and COSA want to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to keep residents safe and healthy.
We ask that everyone keep in mind the elderly and those who are most vulnerable to suffer the most if contracting the virus. Check on your elderly neighbors and offer to help in any way you are able.
If you are a senior or know of a senior who would benefit from a friendly phone call from a COSA staff member to check on your/their well-being or to discuss your concerns, call 610-490-1300.
The County of Delaware has a special page on their website dedicated to the latest Coronavirus news. Information can be found at www.delcopa.gov and click on the button marked "Coronavirus".
Several grocery stores in our area are adjusting their hours to allow seniors their own time to shop during this pandemic.
Click here to view more information.
Click here to visit the PA Department of Health's dedicated Coronavirus webpage.
Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima was the lucky winner for bringing the most centenarians to Delaware County's annual Centenarian Luncheon held on May 9, 2019 at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center, therefore winning a prize. Pictured are: (back row, l-r) Paul Dauphin, Director of Therapeutic Activity Services; Donna Sweeney, Assistant Administrator; Denise V. Stewart, Director, County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA). (front row, l-r) Pictured are residents Frances Ennis, Eileen Pace, and Jeanette Brown, all age 101.
Out of concern for the health and well-being of our centenarians and their guests, the county has decided to postpone the annual Centenarian Luncheon which was originally scheduled for May 14. The new proposed date is Thursday, September 17, 2020. Please continue to notify Debbie Hedgepeth at 610-872-1406 if you know of anyone turning 100 or older this year who may be interested in attending.
Delaware County Council is searching for centenarians to honor at its annual Centenarian Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020. This will be the 18th year for this event and is always one of the highlights of the year. Anyone turning 100 or older in 2020 is welcome to attend this luncheon at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center. Last year, 65 centenarians attended the luncheon and staff of the County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA) visited 19 additional centenarians in the community.
Centenarians and one guest are admitted for free. Additional guests may purchase tickets for $25.00 each. Guests also receive a commemorative photo from the day along with a special proclamation from Delaware County Council.
The organization that brings the most centenarians to the luncheon will receive a cash prize.
For more information or to register to attend the luncheon, contact Debbie Hedgepeth at (610) 872-1406.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging requires that each Area Agency on Aging submit a Four-Year Plan detailing how it plans to meet the needs of its seniors.
Your input would is valued and would be appreciated in helping COSA plan its goals.
Please complete the brief survey by clicking here.
Responses are needed by March 27, 2020.
The Delaware County Complete Count Committee was recently made aware of a letter being sent to some Delaware County residents that mimics the official U.S. Census. The Republican National Committee has mailed forms titled "2020 Congressional District Census" to some residents of Delaware County . The mailer asks for political party affiliation and if the resident supports President Donald Trump. A second page asks for monetary donations to the Republican National Committee.
This is not the official U.S. Census. The official U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire will be mailed to Pennsylvania homes by mid-March and will also be available online. It will come from the U.S. Census Bureau. It will not ask for political party affiliation or ask for a monetary donation.
There is a risk that some will fill out this form and believe they have completed the official Census and then not respond to the official Census, which will then cause an undercount. Other organizations may be sending similar letters as well. People who receive these letters should not confuse these with the official U.S. Census.
A sample of the letter is below.
The Senate Aging Committee has released its 2020 Fraud Book. The book includes tips on how to avoid scams, lists the top ten scams targeting our nation's seniors, and lists fraud resources.
To view the book, click here.
Click here to find a program or event near you.
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade a count-or census of America's population is taken. The census provides vital information for you and your community.
- It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
- Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
- Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.
IT IS EASY!
- There are only 9 questions.
- It is available in several languages.
- Can be completed via internet, telephone, or mailed form.
IT IS SAFE!
- Title 13 requires the Census Bureau to keep all information confidential and protected.
- A census employee who violates these provisions is subject to a fine up to $250,000 and a prison sentence up to 5 years.
- By law, responses can not be used against you by any governmental agency or court in any way.
IT IS IMPORTANT!
- Billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated based on the decennial count.
On or between March 12-20, you will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census.
On or between March 16-24, you will receive a reminder letter.
If you haven't responded yet,
- You will receive a reminder postcard.
- You will receive a reminder letter and questionnaire
- You will receive a final postcard
- A Census worker will follow up person
For more information, go to www.census.gov.
Anyone wishing to complete the census online can view an interactive tutorial on the types of response choices that will be used on the online census form. This is NOT the actual census form. It is a tool to show the ways you will be required to respond so you are more comfortable when you actually go to do so online. Some of the questions on this tutorial aren't even real census questions and you are asked to make up answers that aren't even true.
To view this tutorial, go to https://www.easycensushelp.org/2020census.html
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)sites for a fourteenth year. This year CAADC will be hosting four sites serving low-and-moderate-income families in Delaware County. All the sites will be staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Last year, CAADC assisted over 1,000 households with completing their taxes. The free sites will be located at:
1. Wesley House 701 Madison Street Chester, PA 19013
2. Sharon Hill Commons 401 Sharon Avenue Sharon Hill, PA 19079
3. CAADC Boothwyn Office 1414 Meetinghouse Road Boothwyn, PA 19061
4. Watkins Community Center 326 Watkins Avenue Upper Darby, PA 19082
The sites begin operation on January 27th and will continue through April 15th. All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday-Saturday (days and hours vary at each site).
To schedule an appointment, call (610) 833-4455.
Police have been notified that scammers are sending fake letters appearing to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to senior citizens across the state. BEWARE! If you have received a letter from the "IRS" and they ask that a check be made out to "The IRS", this can be a clear sign this is a fake letter, looking to steal your information and your money.
Check the P.O. Box address against the government mailing address, located at https://www.irs.gov/filing/where-to-file-paper-tax-returns-with-or-without-a-payment.
Posted January 14, 2020
By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world's youngest citizens and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.
As the aging population increases, some 11.3 million seniors are living alone, according to the Institute on Aging.
Without proper support, seniors may face a wide range of issues including limited mobility, chronic conditions, improper nutrition and feelings of loneliness.
While anyone can benefit from a kind gesture, seniors are some of the most-in-need members in many communities.
Small gestures, like simple acts of kindness, can go a long way toward improving a senior's day.
To read the full article titled Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors, click here.
Did you know that of the 40 million family caregivers in America, nearly half of them are men?
According to Jean Accius of AARP, they are husbands taking care of spouses or partners, sons taking care of Mom or Dad, friends taking care of neighbors.
Also, According to PHI, a national research and advocacy organization that promotes quality care for older adults and people with disabilities, the home care work force has already doubled in size over the past 10 years, and the demand is only going to grow. But, there aren't enough workers to meet the need.
Making the profession more attractive to men is one way to fill the gap.
To read more of this article, visit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/opinion/male-care-giver.html
County of Delaware Services for the Aging
Annual Plan and Budget Summary
We are excited to announce that the Social Security Express Desktop Icon has now been added to our website. You will see the icon at the bottom right of our pages.
eServices available from the Social Security Express icon are:
Sign in or create a my Social Security account allows users to:
*get Social Security statements
*change an address
*change or start direct deposit
*print a benefit verification letter
*create an account/enter an activation code
Estimate retirement benefits
Request a replacement Medicare Card
get a 1099/1042 tax form
APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) that was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to assist Medicare beneficiaries of any age understand their health insurance options. The Pennsylvania Deparment of Aging created APPRISE to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance questions and/or concerns.
APPRISE Volunteers/Counselors are specially trained to provide unbiased Medicare and Medicaid health insurance information and Part D prescription information options to help individuals make informed decisions related to their healthcare needs.
The APPRISE Program Education and Counseling Services are FREE.
The APPRISE Program offers Medicare 101 sessions which explain the basics of Medicare A, B, C, and D. Medicare Individual Counseling Sessions assist the Medicare recipients with Medicare questions, concerns, enrollment into Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Plans, Medicare Cost-Savings Programs, and Supplemental Plans. (complete Medicare 2016 schedule coming soon)
To view locations where you may schedule an individual counseling session, click here.
Did you know there are programs that could help you save money?
The Medicare Savings Programs help lower-income seniors and persons with disabilites pay for their Medicare Part B premium. Some individuals may also qualify for help with their Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.
The Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (also called "LIS" or "Extra Help") helps Medicare consumers dramatically lower their prescription drug costs and can help individuals save thousands of dollars per year.
To read about eligibility and how to apply for a Medicare Savings Program, click here.
To read about eligibility and how to apply for the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy, click here.
Do you have an extra room in your home?
Would you like to provide care to others in need?
COSA is looking for caring and compassionate individuals who have extra room in their homes and in their hearts to be Dom Care providers.
Dom Care is a supervised living arrangement in a personalized home environment. Dom Care providers assist with meals, medication, laundry, scheduling medical appointments, and transportation.
Providers must complete a certification process and, if approved, will receive a monthly non-taxable stipend. Single level homes, homes with a bedroom on the first floor, or handicap accessible homes are preferred.
If interested in becoming a Dom Care provider, contact the Coordinator at (610) 490-1300.
Fair Acres, Delaware County's skilled care facility in Middletown, has a new website that provides an informative and user-friendly resource for families looking for a nursing care facility for a loved one. The new website at www.fairacres.org gives residents detailed information on the facility, admission procedures, available services, volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities and contact information to arrange for a meeting or tour.
Fair Acres provides individualized care to over 900 residents who range in age from young adults to seniors in their 100s.
People can download the admissions packet from the website to assist in gathering the necessary medical and financial information needed to apply for admission.
Fair Acres accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay.
The new website has information on employment opportunities, such as dietary aide, and free Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training.
Fair Acres also has many volunteer opportunities and a Friends of Fair Acres committee.
There is also a section for news and events. To read more, click here.
*Social Security announces as a result of Congress' approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015. A field office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs. (updated 1/23/15)
*You may be aware that in 2011, the Social Security Administration stopped mailing the yearly statement that was sent out three months before a person's birthday month. However, beginning this month, they are resuming periodic mailings to workers age 18 and older, but it will be on a five-year basis rather than every year. People can view and print their statements at any time if they create a secure my Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. (update received 9/16/14)
* A recent update states that Social Security WILL continue to provide benefit verification letters in their field offices until further notice. Individuals who can do so, should still create a my Social Security account. (update received 7/18/14)
Based on feedback received from many stakeholders, the Social Security Administration decided to delay the implementation of two changes to later in this year.
Beginning August 2014, Social Security Number printouts will no longer be issued in field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security Number and cannot find their card will need to apply for a replacement card.
In addition, beginning October 2014, benefit verification letters will not be provided in field offices, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are still available online, and can be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account located at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, or requested through the national toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213.
As of January 7th, 2013, the Social Security Administration has expanded services available with the my Social Security portal. Those who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are now able to request, as well as receive, benefit verification letters online. Additionally, beneficiaries who receive SSI can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record.
At each stage of your life my Social Security is for you. Your personal online my Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits.
If you receive benefits, you can:
Use a my Social Security online account to:
Get your benefit verification letter;
Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;
Change your address and phone number; and
Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment.
If you do not receive benefits, you can:
Use a my Social Security online account to get your Social Security Statement, to review.
Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
Your earnings record; and
The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you've paid.
How do I create a my Social Security online account?
To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next, you create a username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private. Click here for more information.