ALERT: Scam Targeting Elderly

alertLackawanna County Area Agency on Aging is warning the elderly residents of our communities to be on alert for people posing as our Agency’s employees and asking for personal and/or financial records.

Please request the proper identification before allowing anyone into your home or giving any personal information. If you have questions, please call the Aging office at 570-963-6740.”

Tax Defer Program Kicks off in March

seal5A tax defer payment program to provide assistance for the elderly of Lackawanna County will kick-off on March 1 for individuals who meet the income guidelines of the initiative.

The County’s Tax Claim Bureau’s “Extension For Elderly/Deferral of Taxes” will offer eligible persons 65 years of age or older an opportunity to extend or defer the period of time to pay their taxes.  The overall goal of this program is to prevent them for losing their residences and/or the equity in their homes as a result of unpaid real estate taxes.

The program was enacted by the Commissioners on Sept. 21, 2016.  It is being administered by the County’s Area Agency on Aging and the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA).

To be eligible, an applicant’s household income must be equal to or less than the maximum household income necessary to qualify for a property tax or rent rebate under the Senior Citizens Rebate Act.

To determine eligibility, the Tax Bureau and Area Agency on Aging will review tax return documents, homeowner’s insurance data and income information.  If the applicant meets the requirements of the program, an additional three-month tax payment extension would be granted.

After this point, if the owner desires to continue to live in the residence and cannot afford to pay the taxes the Tax Claim Bureau may stay the tax sale and defer payment until such time as title to the property is transferred or the owner is no longer the sole occupant of the property.

Once the title to the property is transferred and the eligible owner is no longer the sole occupant, the taxes and simple interest shall be due.

For general tax information, call the Tax Claim Bureau at 570-963-6734.

For applications, guideline reviews and assistance, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740 or SLHDA at 570-963-6836.    

 

Dunmore Seniors Activity Hub

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore seniors are gearing up for upcoming fall activity programs at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

“Fall is in the air and the kids are back in school, ” said Jeanne Hugenbruch, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. “It is time for us to add some new activities as well. A lot is happening and new programs are starting here at the Activity Hub and Cafe.”

Jim Masters was there and informed the Dunmore Activity Hub seniors about Pulmonary Fibrosis Wednesday, Sept. 2. Mahjong classes began at the Activity Hub at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Pinochle is now played every Tuesday after lunch. Beginner’s guitar and ukulele classes are held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday by appointment.

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe is in the process of getting a Chorus and Comedy Troupe together.

One of the more popular new groups is the Laughter is the Best Medicine Group which meets at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. “Keep the laughter going,” said Hugenbruch. “Bring in a few jokes to share and we can all exercise that funny bone.”

Traditional Home Health in Dunmore, came to the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe on Sept. 15, to talk about reading food labels.

A program on Medication Disposal was held Tuesday, Sept. 22. The program was sponsored by the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Voluntary Action Center. Lunch was served and there were free giveaways and desserts. Dr. Shantanu Bishwal came to the Activity Hub on Friday, Sept. 25, to discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The New-Celebration of Life series began last month.. Bill Frye was there for musical entertainment Wednesday, Sept. 30. Lunch was served with a choice of chicken salad or mock crab salad platter. The cost was $5 for seniors and $8 for friends.

Lottie Collins is site council president for the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer.

“Enjoy the fall weather and try to plan on joining us at the Hub,” said Hugenbruch.

For more information on upcoming fall programs or becoming a member, call (570) 207-2662.

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The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors is a non-profit agency supported in part through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, the Dunmore borough and through the fundraising efforts of the Senior Site Council and the Board of Directors.