The Arizona City TRIAD met for its regular monthly meeting last Friday, May 3, with about 15 people present. The meeting was far from regular however, as it was the first AC TRIAD meeting since 2009 at which former chairman Pastor Jim Young was not present. Young recently moved from Arizona City after accepting a position as hospice chaplain in the Show Low area. In addition to serving with TRIAD Young was the Pastor for Golden Harvest Community Church of Arizona City which he founded in 2008.
Before Young joined the Arizona City TRIAD, the forlorn organization was in a state of near dissolution with dwindling attendance at monthly meetings. Young revitalized TRIAD, and oversaw the successful return of the organization’s annual Health and Safety Fair.
The Arizona City TRIAD is now in need of someone to take Young’s position as director/chairman of the organization. The volunteer position entails few physical demands, mostly requiring effective coordination, communication and clerical skills. As a non-profit, all volunteer organization, the responsibilities of the chairman position could effectively be split between to persons willing to serve a co-chairpersons.
Interested individuals should attend the next AC TRIAD meeting, Friday, June 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the AC Fire Station, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Road.
New Medicare Scam Reported
During last week’s meeting, one Arizona City resident described a new telephone Medicare scam that was first reported by elderly citizens in Florida last month. The scam involves identity thieves who pose as public employees issuing new Medicare cards
Basically, if someone from the “Health and Welfare Department,” calls and tells you you’re getting a new Medicare card and then asks you a lot of personal questions, including requesting your social security number, beware. It’s a scam. They are identity thieves.
Medicare, and its authorized agents will not contact you through unsolicited calls, emails or visits. They also will not ask for personal identifiers unless you contact them directly.
If you get a suspicious call, report it to the Senior Medicare Patrol project immediately at toll-free 1-866-357-6677.
A Little More About TRIAD
Sponsored by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Sheriffs Office, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens and the Area Agency on Aging, Region V, TRIAD is a cooperative project composed of seniors, and other partners who are dedicated to preventing the victimization of seniors as well as improving their quality of life. Programs and resources available to residents through the AC TRIAD include the Home Alone Kit–a pendant system that can be activated for an emergency call in case the person cannot reach the telephone, Lock Boxes–for those who would like emergency responders to have access to their homes in an emergency, the Home Assistance Program–where volunteers help out with simple tasks around the homes of seniors, such as changing light bulbs or fixing a running toilet, the Telephone Reassurance Program–where senior volunteers make a daily phone call each morning to seniors who live alone, and the 9-1-1 Cell Phones Program–which provides free cell phones, with only 9-1-1 service, to seniors who cannot afford a cell phone.