Archive for July 2012

Final Summer Concert Tonight at 6pm

Katie Kluesner

Katie Kluesner

NESCO is closing out it’s 2012 Summer Concert series with two bands tonight!
Ad Hoc String band will start at 6pm and Mambo Blue will start about 7:30pm!
Come join us at the Warner Park Shelter!

Also, NESCO has posted a job opportunity. We are looking for a Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator. Check out our website for more information. . If you’d like to apply, the deadline is August 6th.


How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Costly Scam

Sarah Oestmann

Sarah Oestmann

It is unfortunate that many seniors today are falling victim to telephone scams.  Never give out personal financial information to a stranger over the telephone. The following article taken directly from the Federal Trade Commission’s website discusses how to avoid a scam and what to do if you think you are a victim.

The following article was copied from this website:

Federal Trade Comission Alert: Scammers Out to Trick Consumers Using the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling

It’s enough to make you sick. No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. They say they’re from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act as a hook, they need to verify some information. They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number. Or, they’ll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, advises consumers not to give out personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails, or knocks on your door. Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.

If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam. The government and legitimate organizations you do business with already have the information they need and will not ask you for it. Then, file a complaint at or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. If you think your identity’s been stolen, visit or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. You also can file a complaint with your state Attorney General.

For more information about the federal health care law, visit

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.


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Note from Pam Bracey, African American Cultural Diversity Specialist

Pam Bracey

Pam Bracey

We had an outing last week that sent such great positive energy through me. I wanted to do it again and again. The seniors talked and laughed and ate and separated and gathered back again and talked and laughed. And when we returned from our trip they gathered and talked about another trip and the fun they had just getting out and away from home for a time.

You all know the saying “there is no place like home” well there is and sometime you just have to get away from it all, and you always seem to come back with a different outlook on your situations. More gratitude I believe.

These days trips for my seniors are so amazing and its so nice to see a glow on their faces, attached with a smile of gratefulness. I will keep them in mind when I am planning activities, remembering that we don’t always have to gather inside the same building each time we meet, but we can explore this wide territory that we have been given all around us, outside of our comfort zone.

5 Steps To Protect Against Extreme Heat’s Effects On Seniors

Extreme heat is a leading cause of preventable death among seniors and with recent record-breaking temperatures, it is important seniors and caregivers know how to stay safe in hot weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more people in the United States die from extreme heat than earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and tornadoes combined. Of these preventable heat-related deaths, seniors account for 40 percent, according to Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, founder of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging.

As people age, their bodies cannot cool down as well as when they were younger. Elderly people may not feel as hot when temperatures are very high and are less likely to feel thirsty when their bodies are near dehydration, according to experts at the American Geriatric Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging.

Here are five tips to help seniors stay safe in hot weather:

  1. If possible seek an air-conditioned environment. If you do not have air-conditioning at home, visit an air-conditioned shopping mall, restaurant or library. During extreme heat warnings, cities often set up cooling centers for the public to escape the heat. If you cannot leave your home, take a cool shower or place cool towels around pulse points such as the neck and armpits.
  2. Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages without too much sugar. When the body sweats, it loses vital salts and minerals, so grab a sports drink or a Pedialyte. If your liquid intake is limited, eat cold fruits that contain high amounts of water like apples, watermelon and cantaloupe.
  3. Stay out of the sun during the warmest parts of the day—usually between 10 or 11 am and 3 or 4 pm—and wear weather appropriate clothing that is loose fitting with light fabrics.
  4. Use a buddy system. Ask a friend or relative to call and check on you twice a day. If you know someone 60 or older, call to check on them twice a day.
  5. Hire a caregiver from a reputable agency that specializes in in-home senior care and who is trained in senior safety. They can provide care on an hourly or live-in basis, depending on the senior’s needs.

Here is a local story from, please read.

Elderly woman hospitalized after being found unconscious in hot apartment 

An 85-year-old Madison woman has a friend to thank for checking up on her, after she was found unconscious in her non-air-conditioned apartment on Saturday and taken to a local hospital.

According to a Madison Police Department news release, the 53-year-old friend of the victim who had been helping her live on her own called police on Saturday morning, after failing to reach the elderly woman by phone or by ringing her doorbell.

“The victim lives in a second-floor apartment on East Washington Avenue with no air conditioning, doesn’t drive, isn’t very mobile and has no family involved in her life,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “For all of these reasons, the caller felt it was prudent she be checked on.”

A property manager helped an officer get into the apartment, where the woman was found lying unconscious on the bathroom floor.

“She was taken to a hospital for treatment of what appeared to be heat-related problems,” DeSpain said.

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