ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS: A bit of advice, plus some history

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The other day, I was sorting through some envelopes of photos taken a few years ago. The goal was to identify them and decide which to keep and which to toss. All of these photos were taken with cameras – the kind that is a separate piece of equipment. This type of camera will someday – not too far away – be obsolete. Maybe they will become collectors’ bounty.

I see so many people of all ages taking photos with their phone or other device, but not printing them. The images stay inside device-land and/or on the Internet for eternity.

Do yourself a favor. Send that adorable baby picture or the one of your 12-point buck to “print-land” so someday, someone will find those pictures in among all the others taken in the old days of Polaroids, Samsung or Kodak.

Elsewhere of interest to seniors:

• Scarborough Public Library has partnered with Southern Maine Agency on Aging to offer two programs on consumer information for older adults and their families. These are free events and registration is suggested. Call adult reference at 883-4723, option 4, or email askSPL@scarboroughlibrary.org. One of the programs is called Medicare Fraud. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, and features a discussion about protecting your Medicare number and how important that is and how to deal with your health-care providers and pharmacies. The other program is called Advanced Health Care Planning. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Jennifer Minkowitz will explain actions you can take to ease the health-care decisions your loved ones may one day face on your behalf.

• On Monday, May 23, at the Lakes Region Senior Center, David Tanguay will present a program on the gunpowder mills in the Windham-Gorham area. The Senior Center is at 40 Acorn St., Gorham. The program will be at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Tanguay is a longtime resident of Windham, a retired U.S. Navy commander and former biology teacher. He is vice president and program chairman of the Windham Historical Society. A well-known speaker on a range of local historical subjects, he divides his time between the Windham Veterans Center and the historical society. The Lakes Region Senior Center is a casual drop-in center where anyone can stop in, play cards or other games, enjoy a cup of coffee and visit. Many activities are available for those interested.

• From U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ newsletter comes the following: The IRS impersonation scam is particularly prevalent during tax season. The Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline has received a spike in calls reporting this fraud in recent weeks. In a span of just two days this month, the Fraud Hotline received more than 140 calls from Mainers. The IRS will always mail a bill to a taxpayer before trying to call. Seniors who receive an unexpected call from someone claiming to be from the IRS can report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (800-366-4484), the Fraud Hotline (855-303-9470) and local law enforcement.

Kay Soldier welcomes reader ideas for column topics of interest to seniors. She can be reached by email at kso48@aol.com, or write to 114 Tandberg Trail, Windham, ME 04062.

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