Senior Information Day held in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Senior Information Day for 2022 was success in the making post-COVID for the senior community of Cape Girardeau County.

The event hosted by S.A.L.T. (Senior and Lawmen Together) had speakers from different businesses in Cape County.

“The important part of it, is to connect seniors to the providers. Because that way they will improve their quality of life. That’s the most important part,” said Doug Austin, member of S.A.L.T.

Denise Wimp presented help with paying utility bills. The Cape Girardeau County Health Department gave a COVID-19 update. The latest scams were presented by Whitney Quick of Cape Girardeau Better Business Bureau.

“Sometimes with our constantly evolving and with everything that’s going on, and with the internet now, and seniors being very active online, and Facebook and social medias, it’s truly important to stay informed with what’s going on,” said Wes Blair, Police Chief of Cape Girardeau. “And it’s also important to just get out and see some old friends who you haven’t gotten to see in a long time.”

Protecting your identity and hanging up on those pesky unwanted phone calls are just some of the topics discussed.

Some of the scams spoken of were internet, online dating, grandkid, home repair, work at home, unwanted calls, identity theft and ‘you’ve won’ scams.

Protecting yourself from these scams can be easier than most think. The number one takeaway from advice given was to just not engage when something suspicious comes up.

A follow up with local law enforcement and Cape Girardeau Fire Department was held after the presentation, along with a fried chicken dinner.

“Second most important part, is the free fried chicken dinner,” said Doug Austin, member of S.A.L.T.

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