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Are You Worried About Fraud?

SvsCAccording to a 2011 Assessment of the Needs of Elder Floridians,

“A majority of survey respondents (87%) expressed a considerable degree of concern about being a victim of consumer fraud or swindle. Despite high levels of concern for this issue, over one-half of elders surveyed (54%) were not familiar with programs to educate and protect them from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.”

Did you know that if you suspect fraud or have experienced fraud, 2-1-1 can connect you to your local, regional and national resources who can help you? (more…)

Are You a Wanderer?

lost“Not all those who wander are lost”… but for those who are, Marion County has your back. Anyone who has had a family member, who suffers from memory loss or has special needs, wander off can attest to the fear it can strike in your heart. Thankfully Marion County police and sheriff’s departments have programs where you can go to get something called an identification device. Some programs provide a medic alert type of bracelet or necklace and others simply keep a photo and information on file to facilitate quick reunification with caregivers.

To find out where to go to get a device for your loved one, simply dial 2-1-1 and we can point you in the right direction.

LIVE UNITED: Marion Senior Services Volunteer Spotlight

HelenThis week we are joined by Marion Senior Services as they spotlight one of their phenomenal volunteers, a Meals on Wheels driver, Helen Helvenston.  She shares in her own words below why she loves to LIVE UNITED.

It was many years ago when a friend suggested that I ride along with her on her Meals on Wheels delivery route. I had just retired and was bored. It seemed like a different way to kill time. Little did I know that that invitation would open a new door in my world. (more…)

What’s new at 2-1-1?

WhatsNewIn March at 2-1-1 we added the following programs and agencies to our database for Marion County. Below each agency/program you’ll see “Ask 2-1-1”, these are the key terms you can use to look up the resources on your own via our online database, or when you call 2-1-1 you can mention those terms to the Information and Referral Specialist to get a list of resources for that service in your area. (more…)

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