SCAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FEARS
SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.
The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims--as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus.
How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Below are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—online or in stores.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
HOW TO SUPPORT OLDER ADULTS
People of all ages can support older adults during this time. Many older adults depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that family members, neighbors and caregivers:
- Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
- Help with disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Source: National Council on Aging
STORES ADJUSTING SCHEDULES FOR OLDER ADULTS TO SHOP DURING COVID-19
With COVID-19 leading to empty shelves and long lines at stores, some retailers are adjusting their schedules to accommodate older adults. Below are stores in our service area that have added special times when older adults can shop. Some stores are also limiting the number of high-demand items, like sanitation supplies and cold medicine, that customers can buy to prevent, and others are shortening their hours so they can clean and restock. We recommend calling to confirm the hours of operation before heading to a store.
Dollar General Stores - Starting on March 17, all Dollar General stores will let older adults shop by themselves for the first hour they are open. Below are the locations in our service area:
- 8821 W 87th St, Hickory Hills, IL
- 10201 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, IL
- 496 25th Ave, Bellwood, IL
- 5555 Saint Charles Rd,Berkeley, IL
Whole Foods in Willowbrook - Starting March 18, the Whole Foods in Willowbrook will be opening 30 minutes early, at 7:30 a.m., to accommodate seniors and people with disabilities.
- 6300 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL
Shop and Save Market in Bridgeview - Starting March 17, several locations of Shop and Save Market are opening an hour early, from 6am - 7am, so that older adults can have a lower stress shopping experience. Below are the Shop and Save Market locations in our service area.
- 8847 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL
OLDER ADULTS WITH FOOD INSECURITY CONCERNS: CONTACT US!
If you are an older adult or you know of an older adult with a lack of access to food, please contact our office at 708-354-1323 and we can connect you to resources in your area.
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