Bedford Council on Aging Message for September 2023

September 5, 2023

Submitted by Bedford Council on Aging Director Alison Cservenschi

Wishing you a very lovely, and hopefully, warm September before the season turns to colder days.

Looking back on this very humid and wet summer it will be nice to get out and about again. Please remember to visit the Bedford COA table on Bedford Day this year on Saturday, Sept. 23. We love showcasing the COA, the work of our volunteers, and giving resources to those who might not know what we do on this special community day.

As we return to our busier season, please remember to sign in at the MySeniorCenter kiosk located at the entrance to the center. People can sign in either as they arrive or on the way out.

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Either way, the COA needs your visit to demonstrate the center’s success. Signing in helps make sure you are safe in case of a building emergency. Those who need a new MySeniorCenter card should see the staff at the desk and a new one will be made.

Please be aware of recent news of a number of disturbing scams targeting seniors around town. Large amounts of cash from bank accounts and funds from credit cards have been stolen.

These scammers are professional, convincing, and very good at their work because sometimes it pays.

Scammers take advantage of victims with threats, warnings, unexpected winnings, or promises of fixing something, such as your computer or your reputation, which come with a very high price tag to make the issue go away.

The best advice is to not believe or trust anyone who cold calls, emails, or shows up at your door. Do not answer a phone number you do not recognize and never hand out cash or buy gift cards to pay anyone for anything. If you feel a situation is too good to be true or does not feel right, disengage with the person immediately. Too many times Bedford residents have been scammed and the only way to stop it is to not respond to scammers. 

Call the police immediately if you think you may have been scammed and keep track of your bank accounts and charges on your credit card statements. Reporting

scams to your bank or credit card company immediately helps to stop further withdrawals. Also,

depending on your banking institution, stolen funds may be recovered; however, this is not always the case.

In better news, the COA has planned a full fall of great programs and activities to join. 

The Fix It Shop will reopen after Labor Day and programs that pause for the summer will return. Many of our programs and services continue year-round. If you would like to try something for the first time, please come over for a visit. 

We have also expanded our support groups this month including programs during the day, in the evening, and on Zoom in hopes of providing something for everyone who is looking

for support in the community. 

Please enjoy the fall and let’s hope for some beautiful days ahead.

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