Archive for August 2012

Depresión en las personas de la tercera edad. Depression in the Elderly.

Yolanda Salazar

Yolanda Salazar

Depresión en las personas de la tercera edad.
Las personas de este grupo en la comunidad latina, sufren continuamente de depressión.
Causas que desencadenan este estado de ánimo:

-Estar en un país que no es el suyo.
-Estar lejos de sus seres queridos, que han quedado en sus lugares de origen.
-No hablar ni entender ingles, esto los aisla de las personas a su alrededor que hablan un idioma diferente del propio.
-No poder comunicarse con los miembros de su familia que hablan solo ingles y no quieren hablar español, porque han crecido en este país hablando solo ingles.
-Sufrir de alguna enfermedad crónica o pasajera que no puede ser tratada por Profesionales de la salud, por no tener acceso a servicios médicos.
-No poder cubrir sus necesidades primarias como son el de tener un lugar donde vivir, tener comida y ropa adecuada para el clíma extremo de este Estado de la Unión Americana.
-No tener transportación , por no saber viajar en el autobus local, o tener miedo de perderse y no poder darse a entender por no hablar inglés.
-Y esto es lo más triste, muchos de ellos no tienen la ayuda de su familia y viven desamparados, sufriendo mucha necesidad de todo índole y convirtiéndose en personas invisibles que solo van sobreviviendo por la vida.

Gracias al programa latino de la North/Eastside Senior Coalition y la cooperación de otras agencias locales, podemos ayudar a nuestra gente mayor con algunas de sus necesidades  y estamos peleando  fuertemente para vencer el aislamiento de ellos y mejorar la depresión que se da por todos estos factores de riesgo.

Usted puede ayudarnos a ayudar a nuestros adultos mayores, con sus donaciones se podrá hacer una gran diferencia en sus vidas.

Si está interesado en hacer una donación, llámenos al 243-5252 y pida que le comuniquen con alguien que hable español. Lo que pueda donar será de gran ayuda.

English Translation

Depression in the elderly.
People in the Latino community, continuously suffer from depression.
Causes that trigger this state of mind:

-Being a country that is not their own.
-Being away from their loved ones, who have been in their places of origin.
-Not speaking and understand English. This isolates people. They can only speak to other who know that  language.
-Not being able to communicate with the members of his family who speak only English and do not want to talk about Spanish, because they have grown up in this country speaking only English.
-Suffering from chronic or temporary illness that cannot be treated by health professionals, and having no access to medical services.
-Not meeting their primary needs such as having a place to live, having food and clothing suitable for the extreme climate.
-Not having transportation because not knowing the local bus, or being afraid of getting lost and not being able to understand or speak English.
-And this is the saddest, most not having the help of family and being homeless and suffering.

The Latin program of the North/Eastside Senior Coalition and the cooperation of other local agencies, we can help our older people with some of their needs and we are fighting hard to overcome the isolation and improve the depression that occurs by all these risk factors.

You can help us and our elders, with your donations. It can make a big difference in their lives.

If you are interested in making a donation, call us at 243-5252 and ask for Drew or Yolanda if you speak English or Yolanda, Sarah or Alyssa if you only speak Spanish. Any donation will be of great help.

Take Action Against Identity Theft

Alyssa Bordeleau

Alyssa Bordeleau

Identity theft crimes are on the rise. There are several proactive steps you can take to prevent identity theft from happening to you.  The following article was copied from:Wisconsin Identity Theft Coalition, A project of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

Fast and Easy Tips to Protect your identity

1)      NEVER Give out Credit Card and Bank Account Information (or other personal information, like your Social Security number) by phone or over the Internet, unless the transaction was initiated by you with a trusted, reputable vendor, whose name and phone number you have verified independently as legitimate.

2)      Keep your personal identifying information in a safe location and refrain from sharing that information with anyone that you do not fully trust.

3)      Opt out of credit marketing lists:  1-888-5OPTOUT (888-567-8688)

4)      Use a shredder to foil garbage thieves.

5)      Get on No Call Lists

State No Call:  1-866-9NO-CALL (1-866-966-2255) nocall.wisconsin.gov (renew every two years)

Federal No Call: www.donotcall.gov (permanent)

6)      Go over your monthly bank account statements and check for any unauthorized charges.

7)      Check your credit reports for any suspicious activity:   1-877-322-8228 or www.annualcreditreport.com. You may also download their form online to submit your request via US Mail.

There are three Credit Reporting Agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). If you request a free report from one agency every four months, you can keep track of your credit report all year long.

What to do if you have been a victim of identity theft…

1)      Contact your bank and/or credit card companies immediately to close all accounts that may have been compromised.

2)      Get a 90-day “fraud alert” placed on credit reports (if you contact one credit reporting agency, they will alert the other two).

Equifax Consumer Fraud Division
Toll-free 800-525-6285
P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
www.equifax.com

Experian’s National Consumer Assistance
(888) 397-3742 (TDD 800-972-0322)
P.O. Box 2104, Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com

TransUnion Fraud Victim Assistance Department
(800) 680-7289 (TDD 877-553-7803)
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
www.transunion.com

3)      Obtain a Security Freeze ($10 or free with a police report).

Forms:  www.privacy.wi.gov

Send by certified mail to:
Equifax at CSC Credit Services, Security Freeze, PO Box 674438, Houston, TX 77267

Experian at Experian Security Freeze, PO Box 9554, Allen TX  75013

TransUnion at TransUnion Security Freeze, PO Box 6790, Fullerton, CA  92834

4)      Report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission by completing their ID Theft Affidavit.

 

5)      File a police report at your local police department. Bring your ID theft affidavit with you when filing the police report to make the process quicker and easier.

Note: The FTC ID Theft Affidavit coupled with a police report is known as an “identity theft report” and will be extremely important in recovering your identity and eliminating any fraudulent charges. Having an identity theft report will allow you to:

 

  • Block fraudulent information from appearing on your credit report
  • Prevent a company from refurnishing fraudulent information to a Credit Reporting Agency
  • Prevent a company from selling or placing for collection bad debts that result from ID theft
  • Place an Extended Fraud Alert (lasts for 7 years)
  • Obtain transaction documents from businesses

Contact CWAG’s Elder Financial Empowerment Project Helpline

If you are over the age of 60 and feel you have been the victim of identity theft or financial abuse, contact CWAG’s Elder Financial Empowerment Helpline at 1-800-488-2596 for free information, advocacy, and referral services.