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Maturity Matters

Y out h is t h e gif t of n at ur e , b ut a g e is a wo rk o f a r t.

September 2012

Volume 1, Issue 1

Senior Fraud Protection Kit Now Available Special points of interest:  Senior Fraud

Protection Kit available  Wide range of

topics to speak from at your next meeting.  Are you ready to


Inside this issue: By the Numbers


Speakers Bureau


Voter ID Law


Home Instead Senior Care is offering free seminars on Senior Fraud Protection. A new program, including a Senior Fraud Protection Kit, is available free of charge to any Berks County senior. “Pennsylvania is one of only three states with the highest proportion of citizens aged 65 or older,” said Home Instead Senior Care Owner Jennifer Moyer. “With 15.6 percent of our states population aged 65 or older, and 14.7 percent in Berks County, that is a huge market area for scam artists.” Moyer hopes that the Senior Fraud Protection Kit will help Berks County seniors learn how to protect themselves from individuals attempting to conduct fraudulent business with them. While little statistical data on senior

fraud is available, a 2000 study conducted by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging reported $40 billion in losses to telemarketing fraud alone. Further, in 1998 the National Center on Elder Abuse estimated that nearly one third of all elder abuse cases involved financial exploitation. “Seniors can learn the most common types of fraud, areas to be vigilant about in their home, and various ‘check lists’ to assess their personal fraud risk. Our goal is to educate seniors so that they have the ammunition they need to best protect themselves and their assets against scam artists,” added Moyer. To request a free copy of the Senior Fraud Protection Kit or a presentation on how to

protect yourself against fraud and scams, please call Home Instead Senior Care at 610372-2500 and ask for Donna Irons-Zimmerman.

The Senior Fraud Protection Kit now available from Home Instead.

Voter ID Law: Are You Ready to Vote? The Pennsylvania legislature passed HB 934, otherwise known as the Voter ID Law. For those Berks County seniors who no longer have a drivers license, an approved form of IDd, with a current (non-expired) date, will be required to vote. Acceptable forms of ID in-

clude: 

PA Driver’s License or Non-driver’s License photo ID,

Valid U.S. passport,

U.S. military ID- active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate

an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). 

Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government Continued on page 3

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By the Numbers

“We have a

wide range of presentations available for groups large and small.”


Number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease daily. —Alzheimer’s Reading Room


Economic cost, in billions, of lost productivity due to workers who serve as caregivers.—Gallup Poll

Speaker’s Bureau Begins in September If you have a service club, organization or meeting in need of speakers, please contact Home Instead Senior Care. We have a wide range of presentations available for groups large and small. As an industry leader in the development of programs designed to enhance the lives of

aging adults and their families, we are an excellent resource for information. Our current list of available discussion topics includes: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias CAREGiver Training The 50/50 and The 40/70 Rule Reducing Hospital Readmis-

sions Storm Preparedness for Seniors Caring for your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit If you would like to schedule a Home Instead Senior Care presentation for your group, please contact Donna IronsZimmerman at 610-372-2500.

Voter ID Law, continued from Page 1 

Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning.  Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes. If you do not have an approved form of identification, you may be able to get one

for free at a PennDOT Driver License Center. Berks County approved photo ID centers are located: Reading DMV, 534 E. Lancaster Ave., Reading, PA 19607, (800) 932-4600. Commonwealth Auto Tags, 704 Penn Ave., Reading, PA 19611, (610) 372-9998. AAA Reading Berks, 920 Van Reed Road, Reading, PA

19610, (610) 374-4531. The Notary Shop, 835 Hiesters Lane, Reading, PA 19608, (610) 929-8250. If you have any questions about the Voter ID requirements, please contact your local PennDOT information center.

Caring for Berks Seniors, LLC d.b.a. Home Instead Senior Care

2213 Quarry Drive Suite 102 West Lawn, PA 19609 610-372-2500

Maturity Matters is published by Caring for Berks Seniors, LLC d.b.a. Home Instead Senior Care. If you would like to receive a copy of this newsletter, or know of someone who would, please call us at 610-372-2500 or email

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September Events  September, Healthy Aging Month  September 7, Grandma Moses Day  September 9, National Grandparents Day  September 9-15, National Assisted Living Week  September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day  September 22, National Centenarians Day

Maturity Matters September 2012  

A quarterly newsletter from Home Instead Senior Care-Berks County for and about the seniors in our community and those who care for them.

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