Morning News â Leslie Mielke
Valerie Pascoe and Ryan Salgy examine the senior tips offered by the Blackfoot Police Department. Detective Paul Hardwicke was on hand to answer questions.
On Thursday afternoon, The Willows Assisted Living & Memory Care in Blackfoot hosted its first Senior Awareness Day.
A variety of services were available for exploration. These included hair care for mature hair and information about adult cradle cap, elder care--estate and life care planning for seniors--and denture care.
Information about home health and hospice services, pharmacy services and diabetic foot care was also available.
âWhat Iâm emphasizing here today is crime prevention for senior citizens and how to get rid of unused meds,â said Blackfoot Police Detective Paul Hardwicke.
One of the scams thatâs out there is the phony 'grandchild is in trouble scam,â' he said. A person pretending to be a grandson or granddaughter calls to say he/she needs help because the car is broken down or he/she is in jail.
He/she then asks money be wired to him or her, Hardwicke said.
âThis is a terrible scam,â he said.
Another scam is a person calls and wants something from you â bank account, credit card information or the person wants money to be deposited.
âIf someone wants something from you, hang up the phone,â Hardwicke said. âDo not engage the person in conversation. He/she will try to talk you out of your decision (to hang up).â
âConfirm it before wiring money,â he said. âCall the family member to ask if he/she has just called you. Call the local branch of your bank or call the phone number on the back of the credit card to make sure the institution has contacted you.
âDonât ever give out any of your personal information unless you know for sure who is asking you for it,â said Hardwicke. âDonât send money to someone youâre not sure about. Â
âCall the police,â he said. âLet us try to find out whatâs going on.â
Hardwicke had one more tip for seniors. Be careful who you let into your house. Do not let strangers into your home.
âThey will play with your emotions,â Hardwicke said. âFor example, they may have a child with them who needs to use the bathroom.
âWhile the child is using the bathroom, the stranger may be stealing a purse or medication or your checkbook or credit cards.
âCall the police; they can help you.â
There are three places in Blackfoot where unused medicine can be taken. These places are:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Blackfoot Police Station--the receptacle is across from the driverâs license office.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Upstairs in the Blackfoot City Hall. Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Blackfoot fire station. Itâs open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Â âWe would like to thank the local vendors who participated in this Senior Awareness event,â said The Willows marketing director Ryan Salgy. âWe had a good turnout.
âWe wanted our residents and their families and people in the community to know there is assistance for them,â he said.
âWe are definitely doing this again,â said Salgy.