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Are You Financially Safe? SAGE to Host October 3 Program

Julie Pedersen

Thursday, September 12, 2013 • 12:17pm

On Thursday, October 3 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, SAGE Eldercare will host a program entitled, “Keeping Yourself Financially Safe” at 290 Broad Street in Summit. 

Bill Logue from the American Education Foundation will be on hand for an important discussion designed to provide fundamental tools for managing personal finances.  Attendees will learn how to protect themselves from scams, financial predators, and identity theft. 

“We are hoping to shed some light on how both older adults and their caregivers can learn the signs of scams and illegitimate programs,” stated Mr. Logue.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, older Americans are especially vulnerable to online identity theft, partly because they grew up in an era before there were personal computers or cybercrime.  Older adults are often targeted because they have substantial assets and are usually less savvy about the dangers of using the internet and phishing scams.  This program will help identify those dangers and how to avoid being a target, regardless of your age.

The October 3 program is free and open to the public.  To register, please call 908.598.5548 or email education@sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years.  Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for older adults in the community. 

SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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