The May Edition

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Message from the President
Greetings friend, and welcome to the May edition of the Comfort Connection!

I recently lost $7,500 to a scam on Kijiji; a large item in a remote Canadian location, payable only by  Pictures and serial numbers lined up, but I was too hasty.  Amazon is a secure online payment transfer service but not when the money is wired directly to another bank account – in Scotland!

While reporting this $7,500 fraud to the police, the officer relayed to me another story.  A woman who works as a police officer warned her grandfather of the ‘son-in-prison-in-Mexico-scam.’  Sure enough, after the warning, this elderly grandfather received a call from a young man identifying himself as his grandson.  He begged for several thousand dollars to help him get out of prison.  Grandfather went to the bank and wired him the requested amount.  The next day, the grandson asked for more money.  Fortunately, the bank teller asked the right questions and identified the situation as a scam. 

Many seniors in Manitoba (about 11,000 or 7%) are living with ongoing abuse, whether physical, financial or psychological.  They are not only experiencing isolated incidents of abuse as above.  The abuse most often occurs at the hands of someone the senior trusts.  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).  If you thought about it, could you think of someone you know who is vulnerable and in a situation where they might be experiencing abuse - physically, financially or psychologically?  Perhaps by a family member?

It is time to do something about it!  Have a conversation with the person you know.  Then call the Senior Abuse Help line: 1-888-896-7183 to get expert advice on what can be done!

Katherine Peters
President & CEO
Comforts of Home - Care

What's in the May issue?

A woman's pet parrot hadn't said a word for days, so she took it to a veterinarian.... Click here to find out what happens!
Many years of research have provided vital insights into why heart disease begins, and more importantly, how its risk factors can be minimized and overcome.  Click here to read more.
To help older adults recognize and understand their legacy, consider a family legacy project. A legacy project will help them celebrate their lives and memories— and allow family and friends to share in the experience. Click here to read more!
Robyn B.’s devotion to her clients is clear. She rarely misses a day of work and shows a strong work ethic. We could not be more impressed, and are happy to honour her as our Caregiver of the Season! Click here to read more!
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