June 17th, 2014
From our friends at the BBB
A year after floods raged through southern Alberta, many residents' eyes are on the riverbanks and minds are on protecting themselves from potential future emergencies. BBB is encouraging people to make identity protection part of their emergency preparedness plans this year.
"An emergency can separate people from their passports, credit card statements, birth certificates and other potentially damaging documents that could compromise the security of their identity," says Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. "We encourage homeowners to make ID protection part of their emergency preparedness plan and ensure their safety against identity theft."
The BBB recommends the following:
1. Gather up all of your personal and financial information and store it in a waterproof bag inside a fireproof safe. Some of the documents you should collect include:
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
Social Insurance Cards and Statements
Insurance Paperwork (Home, Health, and Auto)
Past Tax Returns
Bank and Credit Card Statements
Ensure more than one member of the family has memorized the combination.
2. Consider electronic billing for your utilities and other bills.
3. Make copies of all of your important documents and store offsite in a secure location like you bank's safety deposit box.
4. Scan the same documents and store them in a secure online location (iCloud, Google Drive, etc.)
5. Make a list of all local businesses that may have your personal information on file to contact if an emergency does happen to ensure your information is safe.
6. If, in case of emergency, you are unable to locate certain documents or you fear your information may have been compromised, consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit file which can help prevent fraudulent charges to your existing accounts or the opening of new accounts in your name. Contact the fraud departments of any of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
7. Online phishing scams also pop up after natural disasters in which thieves pose as a company that lost your data like bank account, credit card or social insurance number. No matter how official the caller sounds, do NOT give them your information. Legitimate companies will not contact you this way.
For more consumer tips, visit bbb.org.
June 12th, 2014
The Toonie BBQ for Seniors Week was a huge success largely thanks to the Chinook Rotary Club and Westrow Food Group’s featured food brands: Johnsonville Sausage, Reser’s Salads, and the Little Potato Co. A big thanks to the companies who donated the food and the Chinook Rotary volunteers who served it.
June 4th, 2014
Due to an oversight, our Seniors’ Week Barbeque did not include food options for those with religious dietary restrictions. We apologize for this error and want to reassure our members, friends and clients that we will make every effort to provide appropriate alternate meals at Kerby Centre events in the future.
Thank you to all who attended and volunteered at the event and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
- Luanne Whitmarsh, Kerby Centre CEO
June 2nd, 2014
MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood Jason Luan presenting Kerby Centre with a cheque for $69, 647.00 for the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). The grant will be used to upgrade the facility, purchase supplies, enhance security and change out some of the exercise equipment in the FIT room. Thank you to the Government of Alberta for continuing their support for enhancing the lives of older adults in our communities.
From left: Helene Nicholson, Kerby Centre Fund Development Manager; Luanne Whitmarsh, Kerby Centre CEO; MLA Jason Luan; and Chad Geiger, Kerby Centre Facilities Senior Manager.
May 27th, 2014
Celebrate Seniors’ Week!
June 2 - 8, 2014
During Seniors’ Week there will be many exciting events taking place throughout Calgary. Be sure to check your local seniors’ organizations for more events and calgary.ca for updates!
At Kerby Centre:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Seniors’ Rock Toonie BBQ and Showcase.
Kerby Centre – 1133 7 Avenue SW
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate Seniors’ Week at Kerby Centre with the Seniors Rock Toonie BBQ and Showcase. Entertainment and demonstrations will fascinate and educate. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday June 4, 2014
Kerby Centre - Room 205, 1133, 7th Avenue SW Calgary
9:00am – 11:30am
Join us for a joint presentation by KERBY CENTRE and the ALZHEIMER SOCIETY of CALGARY. Topics include: Boost Your Marvelous Brain, Choosing Now and Your Brain on Exercise. No charge for this event. Pre-registration is required by phone: 403-705-3233
Sunday, June 15, 2014
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
It's time to start thinking about the abuse of older adults. If you or an older adult you know is experiencing abuse, please call the Kerby Elder Abuse Line at 403-705-3250.
And visit events around the city!
Sunday June 1, 2014
Intergenerational Day – a perfect kick-off to Seniors’ Week 2014!
Get involved by building a more compassionate, cohesive and healthy community for all residents to grow up, and grow old in. Throughout the month of May, LINKages Society of Calgary will celebrate the gifts of our seniors at many senior residences throughout Calgary. More than 500 students will see why “Senior’s Rock” in 2014 and will be sharing stories and experiences that build respect and understanding between the ages. The celebration will continue with entertainment, activities, music, and food being shared between the ages on Sunday June 1, 2014 at the following two locations - RSVP to join in the fun!
|Genesis Centre of Community WellnessTime: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E.
Please RSVP: Focus on Seniors Calgary
|East Village CommunityTime: 12:00 – 3:00 pmGolden Age Club
610 8 Ave. S.E.
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 2 – Sunday June 8, 2014
Enjoy Seniors’ Week by visiting the place where our city began.
750 - 9th Avenue SE
Free admission for seniors 65+
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm.
Visit Fort Calgary's Interpretive Centre - learn about Calgary’s history and experience interactive exhibits, and interpretive tours. Free parking on site and public transit stops are located on 9th Avenue within one block east and west of the Fort. For further information call Fort Calgary at: 403-290-1875 or e-mail email@example.com
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Seniors’ Week At Glenbow
130 – 9 Avenue SE
Free Admission for Seniors (65+)
9:00am – 5:00pm
Join us again this year for a Seniors’ Week special day at Glenbow. Seniors enjoy FREE admission on June 3, 2014 and all week save $10 off the purchase or renewal of a senior’s annual membership. This winter’s exhibitions include:
Bryan Adams: Exposed
Exposed features photographs from two distinct areas of Adams' photographic practice. The first features portraits of his friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries while the second group of images is portraits of young British soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan or during training.
Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket Worn to Be Wild traces the design history of the leather jacket along and the evolution of the garment from protective gear to revolutionary wearable.
Made in Calgary: The 1990s Featuring over 100 works by 55 artists - Rita McKeough, Chris Cran, John Will, Faye Heavyshield, and Allan Dunning, among many others - Made in Calgary: The 1990s reflects this exciting time which saw local artists continuing to redefine both their own art and the city's place in the global art scene.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Seniors Resource Fair
Genesis Centre: 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come join us at the Seniors Resource Fair! This event will feature displays of services and programs available for seniors/older adults. About 30 different service providers and ethnic communities and associations will participate as booth holders. This will also showcase cultural performances from different ethnic communities in the area. There will be interpreters onsite.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Calgary Seniors Resource Society
Genesis Centre: 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Calgary Seniors, along with local community partners, will be celebrating seniors week on Friday June 6th at the Genesis Centre of Wellbeing. Join us for an exciting afternoon showcasing the talents of seniors in our communities and enjoy the vibrancy and diversity that they contribute to Alberta. It will be a wonderful afternoon of entertainment, speakers, activities and snacks.
Help us celebrate the gifts of our elders, and share this opportunity with friends and family, to strengthen our community and appreciate the brilliant vitality they bring to our city. Please RSVP or find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 7, 2014
East Calgary Community Fair
Clifton Manor: 4726 8th Ave SE.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visit the East Calgary Community Fair at the Clifton Manor location to enjoy a variety of seniors’ activities, displays, and entertainment, including the Calgary Multi-Cultural Orchestra, chi gong, henna, croquet and a Teddy Bear Tea.
And, if you’re ready for more, take advantage of other events, displays, and activities happening at East Calgary Health Centre, Forest Lawn Library, Bob Bahan Recreation and Aquatic Centre and in the cul de sac between the Health Centre and the Library! For more information, contact Tasha McLean at 403-955-1022
Saturday June 7, 2014
Cultural Activities and Flood Preparedness Workshop
The Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association
111 Riverfront Avenue SW
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Check out our newly built basement and try out new activitiessuch as balloon making, lion dance, cooking demonstration, photo shot, happy mask making and collective painting (my community). There will be a flood preparedness workshop, display and information on flooding. Please contact (403) 269 6122 for more information and registration.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Confederation Seniors Walk-A-Thon
2212 - 13 Street NW
8:30 am – check in 9:30 am start
On June 7th 2014, walkers and runners will be taking part in Confederation Park Seniors Society 1st Annual Sasi Jaunt. Join them on a walk-a-thon in support of the Tea and Conversation Program that provides opportunities for isolated seniors to receive supports in their own community. Contact Maureen Orton to sign up to collect pledges and to receive a walk route: 403-289-4780
May 22nd, 2014
Our friends that the Better Business Bureau have shared this information about a new scam targeting seniors.
May is national MedicAlert month and Better Business Bureau is educating elderly citizens about scammers' swindling ways. Popular seniors scams include MedicAlert robo-calls targeting seniors in an attempt to deceive them out of their hard-earned money and trust. BBB has tips to help seniors protect their earnings, information and identity.
How the scam works:
- Seniors receive an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be from MedicAlert
- The caller says that the individual's family has set up a MedicAlert account or ordered a MedicAlert product on their behalf and requires heir financial information to confirm registry or shipment
- Once the information has been submitted, the phony MedicAlert representative now has access to their bank account and other financial records and leaves the window to identity theft wide open
Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says it is crucial for everyone to do their due diligence when it comes to handing over personal information. "The reality is that it could be anyone on the other end of the phone, regardless of whom they say they are," she says. "That's why it's important to clearly understand who you're dealing with and how your money and information is being used."
If you receive an unsolicited call, BBB recommends the following steps:
- Do not give personal info over the phone. Legitimate businesses will not ask for your banking information, Social Insurance Number or other personal data over the phone. If you've never heard of the business or dealt with them in the past, it could be a red flag.
- Ask why they need your information. Asking why and how your information will be used will give you an understanding of the business' intentions.
- Check with your family. Ask you family if they did set up an account or sign you up for a product or service on your behalf. If they did, you should know about it before receiving a phone call. If they didn't chances are it's a scam.
- It's ok to say no. Remember if you are feeling pressured to make a quick decision or are suspicious, it's ok to say no and hang up the phone.
- Verify the business. Ask for the location and address of the business and call them directly or look on their official website to confirm the information is correct. Check BBB Business Reviews for trustworthy businesses and other important information.
For more consumer tips, visit bbb.org.
April 21st, 2014Emily's challenge is to swim 5Km in 2 hours! Sunday, May 4th 2014 Talisman Centre 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
About Emily: "I am a 12 year old student in Calgary who believes that one person (with a little help from my friends) can make an impact. I took the initiative to organize this swim-a-thon to raise money for Kerby Rotary Shelter – a shelter for adult men and women 55+ who are fleeing elder abuse or homelessness. I invite my friends to join me in my swim-a-thon."
We encourage people to sponsor/donate as we swim to meet our challenge of 5Km in 2 hours.
For further Information on how to support Emily’s swim please contact Helene at 403-705-3235 or email@example.com
Pledge forms will be used to track pledges and donations received . Kerby Centre charitable donation receipts are available as per request. Charitable Number 118979947RR0001
April 17th, 2014
Our annual volunteer recognition event! The staff served lunch to 150 of our volunteers to thank them for all they do for Kerby Centre.
Volunteers donated 57,000 hours to Kerby Centre in 2013.
April 1st, 2014
Kerby Centre received funds from The Rotary Club of Calgary South to purchase 6 twin mattresses and covers for the beds designated for homeless older adults in the Kerby Rotary Shelter. The mattresses will replace the original ones bought when the Shelter opened in 1999. We sincerely appreciate our community partners who assist Kerby in making a difference in the lives of our vulnerable populations.
April 1st, 2014
Should it stay or should it go? BBB offers tips on spring cleaning your documents while protecting your ID
Spring has arrived and what better time to rid your home of the piles of paperwork you have accumulated over the past year. When it comes to storing and disposing of your personal records, BBB urges consumers to handle their information with care to avoid falling victim to fraud.
Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says safeguarding your information is key when it comes to fraud prevention. "Some consumers have an 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality when it comes to disposing of unwanted material," she says. "But when it does come time to discard personal documents, it is crucial to do so properly so your information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. People don't always know where their waste material ends up, which leaves the window of opportunity for identity theft wide open."
So how long do you need to keep that ATM receipt cluttering up your wallet? BBB recommends the following timelines for discarding your documents:
Canceled cheques - seven years: Canceled cheques that support your tax returns, such as charitable contributions or tax payments, probably should be held for at least seven years - long enough to cover the six-year tax assessment period that starts when you file your tax return for the year the cheque was written. Canceled cheques and related receipts or documents for a home purchase or sale, renovations or other improvements to a property you own should be kept indefinitely.
Receipts - Until verified on bank statement: Save deposit, ATM, credit card and debit card receipts until the transaction appears on your statement and you have verified that the information is accurate.
Credit card and bank account statements - One-seven years: Save those with no tax or other long-term significance for about a year, but save the rest for up to seven years. If you get a detailed annual statement, keep that and discard the corresponding monthly statements.
Credit card contracts and other loan agreements - As long as active: Keep for as long as the account is active, in case you have a dispute with your lender over the terms of your contract.
Documentation of investments - As long as you own them + Seven Years: Retain your purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and other investments while you own the investment and then seven years after that.
Shred personal documents: If you are no longer required to keep personal documents, make sure to dispose of them properly. Any document that contains a Social Insurance Number, bank account or credit card number, your date of birth, or other personal information should be shredded instead of tossed in the garbage. Shredding prevents your personal information from being used by scammers for identity theft and other fraudulent activity.
Visit the Better Business Bureau website for more tips.