Be aware of scams that are targeted at seniors! Even the smartest and most skeptical among us can sometimes be outsmarted by con artists. Here is a guide to the most common scams in 8 categories: Credit Cards, Charities, Home Improvements, Investments, Banking and Wire Transfers, Insurance, Health Products, and Contests.
We are collecting tips and suggestions on how to make your home and our community a safer place to live. We will post these suggestions once we've collected a few. Send in your idea.
Help our first responders get the information they need to deliver you or a family member to the emergency room safely. The Emergency Information Form can be downloaded below and completed, then given to the Swarthmore Police Department, where the information will be secure, but available to police and emergency medical teams if they are called to your house.
Part of Aging in Place may be making your home safer or easier to get around in by downsizing your possessions. Here are some resources to help you.
Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go, Marni Jameson, AARP Publications. There is also Downsizing the Family Home: A Workbook, Marni Jameson, AARP Publications.
To find a move manager who specializes in senior clients look at this directory.
Here is an app for your iPad to help you plan your new home.
Looking for a local place to take your stuff? Here are some:
Sometimes living in the family home isn't the best option. If you are looking for a place to live that offers care and community, you happen to be living in an excellent area (southeast Pennsylvania) offering many options at a wide range of price points.
For a primer on what the different types of housing/care available, see this excellent website.
For a directory of housing/care places in the Philadelphia area, this directory is a good starting point.
Do you need help with your iPhone or iPad? Dan Snyder is ready and available to help you on a one-to-one basis. He will meet you at the Swarthmore Borough Hall Council Chamber on select Wednesdays between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. for 30 minutes or the whole hour. You must register in advance, however!
A study is underway to determine what kind of place Swarthmore wants to be in the coming years, including how it wants to be more age-friendly. Seniors have had input into this study.