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Senior safety is topic of Oct. 26 seminar


An Oct. 26 seminar about home and personal safety for older adults, as well as ways to avoid scams, will include a presentation from Upper Arlington police officer Heather Galli.

The event is part of Northwest Counseling's monthly Widow/Widower Gathering. It will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road.

"I will be providing a basic overview of home and personal safety tips," Galli said. "I'm going to discuss scam and fraud avoidance. We've seen a slight increase in some of our older adults being targeted.

"We'll talk about what we're seeing, what trends we're noticing and what steps someone can take if they believe they're being targeted and/or what they need to do if they believe they're the victim of a fraud or scam."

Northwest Counseling's Widow/Widower Gathering is a support group for older adults who've lost their spouse.

In addition to meeting monthly to provide grief assistance and opportunities to socialize, Northwest Counseling also seeks to provide information about a variety of topics related to living alone.

"We've been doing this for many years," said Mary Ann Lewandowski, Northwest Counseling administrative assistant and event coordinator. "They meet on the fourth Friday of every month at the Upper Arlington Senior Center.

"It's open to anybody who wants to come," she added. "They don't have to live in UA."

Widow/Widower Gatherings are led by Holly Goldberg, a Northwest Counseling interim director and a licensed independent social worker. She will help guide the personal safety discussion, which will include opportunities for questions from attendees.

Goldberg also hopes the Oct. 26 seminar and future group gatherings will expose new people to the social opportunities and services available at the Upper Arlington Senior Center.

"We specifically have these meetings at the senior center because we hope people will come and start thinking about other things they can get involved in there," she said. "The senior center is such a good resource for people."

There is no registration required to attend the events.

"Usually, the people who attend are seniors," Lewandowski said. "Most of them are in their 70s and 80s, and we even have people in their 90s, but we do have younger people, too.