Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay

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August 31, 2020

Thank you for your support. This community, our donors, and our members, never cease to amaze me. I was at first reluctant to send a summer appeal knowing so many people had their own financial hardships to endure. After cutting expenses, reassessing our finances, and cutting again, I realized I must ask for help. An appeal letter went out, and the response was overwhelming. Our supporters generously donated more than ever before! Despite the uncertainty of these times, our community showed their dedication to the Center and our mission to serve local older adults.

We are by no means “out of the woods” (you can still donate!), but we are holding steady and optimistic that there are better times ahead. We are excited to announce we will be opening for in-person programs in late September. We are one of five senior service organizations in Nassau County cleared to open; call us guinea pigs or trailblazers depending on your perspective.

With your help we will forge ahead – albeit slowly and carefully. All of us at the Center want you to know how much your support means to us. We are truly grateful!
Many thanks, Judy

July 8, 2020
As of today, Long Island has entered Phase four of the New York Forward coronavirus plan. Activities most affected by this phase are low-risk outdoor and indoor arts & entertainment. While we are not quite ready to reopen our building for indoor activities, we are preparing our staff and facility to welcome members in a safe way at some point in the future. You’ll find social distancing floor decals leading into and inside the building at various areas, plexiglass dividers at the welcome desk and some staff desks, restrooms and other touch points being cleaned on a consistent schedule, plus we are researching an enhanced filtration system for our air conditioning to ensure COVID particles are captured prior to air re-circulation. Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions about entering the facility or participating in outdoor or indoor activities. Your health and safety is our number one concern, and we want to help keep you active and engaged in the community!
 
Nassau County Office for the Aging recently gave us a carload of animatronic cats and dogs, to ease the sense of isolation some of our members have been feeling due to the pandemic. Member Evelyn Gruber received a dog, and couldn’t have been more delighted!
June 1, 2020

Phase one is here! We are hopeful to stay on course, and if we continue safety practices that have been drilled into our brains, we may open our doors in a few weeks. Note: there is no commitment here, but know we are as anxious as you to resume our programs and see people face-to-face. Well, it will be half a face since we will all be wearing a mask. It goes without saying things will be different. There will be new safety procedures in place, and limitations on the number of people we can have in our programs at one time. A special THANK YOU to our volunteers who helped deliver meals, groceries and medication to our seniors in the last few weeks!

GRAB & GO lunches are now available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. Click Menu under the Programs heading above to see the anticipated schedule of lunch offerings (schedule is subject to change due to possible delivery delays). Call ahead by 2:00 pm the previous day to make your reservation. A more generous donation would be highly appreciated to help us cover additional packaging and supplies. Pickup will continue to occur outdoors on White Street, at the side door closest to the kitchen. Please wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself and our staff.

We are starting programs again virtually, on a limited basis. Call Beth at 516-922-1770 on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or email her at beth@lecob.org for more details on joining by computer, tablet/smartphone, or telephone.
Grumpy Old Men – Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Women of the Ages – Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Happy Hookers Crochet & Knit with Chris – Thursdays at 10:30 am

May 15, 2020
Starting Tuesday, May 19, GRAB & GO lunches will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 12:00 pm. Call ahead by 2:00 pm the previous day to make your reservation. A more generous donation would be highly appreciated to help us cover additional packaging and supplies. Pickup will occur outdoors on White Street, at the side door closest to the kitchen. Please wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself and our staff.
 
For the time being, all indoor programs and activities continue to be cancelled. We will follow guidance by Nassau County and New York State officials on when it is safe to reopen our building to members.
April 22, 2020

More helpful tips from Manda Kristal, Financial Exploitation & Abuse Program Coordinator, at Family & Children’s Association.

Protect yourself from 2020 Census scams!

Scenario: In this scam, an imposter may call, email or come to your door to fill out a 2020 Census Survey. You may respond to the census by phone, email or online. If you do not respond, people may come to your house to help you respond to the survey.

What you need to know:
• The real US Census will only be mailed from Jeffersonville, Indiana
• The census bureau will not send an email asking you to participate in the census
• You will not be asked for immigration status, Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information
• You will not be asked for your driver’s license, passport number or any numbers associated with financial holdings
• No person will ever threaten you with jail, detainment or deportment if you do not fill out the census

Protect Yourself:
• Verify any website you go on that mentions being affiliated with the census
• There is no payment or fee associated with completing the census
• Beware of phishing emails looking to get your personal information
• Do not click on links from sources you do not know
• Verify a census worker’s identity. Check for a valid ID badge with their photo, US Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date

Report the scam: If you suspect fraud, call the Census Contact Center at 800-923-8282.

If you have been a victim of a scam and would like to talk or need more information call Manda Kristal at 516-485-3425 extension 2333 or email mkristal@fcali.org.

April 14, 2020

Manda Kristal, Financial Exploitation & Abuse Program Coordinator with Family & Children’s Association, shared information with us recently on scams that are being perpetrated on seniors. If you have been a victim of a scam and would like to talk or need more information, call Manda at 516-485-3425 ext 2333, or email her at mkristal@fcali.org.

Scenario: In this scam, scammers may send phony alerts from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or the WHO (World Health Organization) asking you to click on links to get local Covid-19 information. They may also send fake messages offering test kits, treatments such as lotions, potions, or over the counter drugs to treat or cure Covid-19, or they may ask you to download a form which asks for sensitive information such as your Medicare number, passwords and usernames. They may also ask you to donate money to specific charities.

Objective of the Scammer: In these situations, the scammer will urge you to give up personal information, click on unsafe links, or send money to non-verified charitable organizations or drives set up to help first responders.

Protecting Yourself:
• Do not give out personal or financial information to anyone you don’t know. Verify the identity of any charity, business or person contacting you regarding Covid-19.
• Never make a donation or pay for a service using a gift card, wire transfer or cash.
• Treat your Medicare number like a credit card. Do not give it to anyone other than your doctor or your medical care provider.
• Don’t click on links from unverified sources, especially those coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Doing so may infect your computer.
• Make sure your anti-malware software is operating and updated.
• Be cautious when purchasing medical supplies from unverified sources, especially through on-line ads, emails and phone solicitations. Ignore online offers, or door-to-door solicitors offering free Covid-19 testing, supplies or treatments.
• Be wary of Covid-19 “investment opportunities.” The SEC warns about online promotions of companies claiming they can prevent, detect or cure the virus.

Report the scam: Call the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline: 866-720-5721 or email disaster@leo.gov.

April 2, 2020

Our doors are closed, but our hearts and minds are open…
Just like the invisible virus, you can’t see us, but we are here. For this very critical period as the pandemic reaches its apex, we are operating with a bare bones staff. We don’t know how long we will be closed. We’re hopeful we can reopen in May, but it will depend on the recommendations of the Governor and the CDC. I do know that all of us at the Center are looking forward to the day when we can welcome our old friends with open arms once again.

At this time, meal delivery is available but limited to emergency situations for those with food insecurity, or who are home bound. If you find yourself in need, please reach out. For everyone else, please stay home – stay safe.

Home is where you’ll find most of our staff. We’ve set up home offices, video conference calls, and an extensive phone reassurance program. We are connecting with hundreds of our members weekly to provide comfort and assess needs. Our social worker Beth is just a phone call away. We have a list of volunteers who are ready to be deployed who are willing to do grocery shopping or run errands for seniors.

The staff is developing virtual classes and finding resources to inform, entertain and engage our members. We will soon be hosting virtual support groups – get ready for online Senior Chat!

Stay positive and focus on the future, know that better times are coming, and life will be all the sweeter because of the hardships we’ve endured together while apart.

Judy Palumbo, Executive Director

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