Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCES-A Learning Experience


VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCES – A Learning Experience

My wife and I spent two wonderful weeks in Florida in April. However, that is where the good part of this story ends.
On April 15th, Tuesday, we were scheduled to fly back to New York. Shortly after our arrival at the airport in Florida, airline passengers were notified that there would be a delay in departure due to strong winds at JFK. Subsequently, there were several more delays at which point seven hours had passed and still no firm direction on departure time. It was now early evening, when we began to notice luggage being removed from our plane. We followed the lead, had our luggage removed and rescheduled our flight for 9:55 am on following day (Wednesday).We called a relative who lived in the area and asked if she would pick us up and stay at her home for the night. She came to the rescue. There were two drawbacks to this arrangement, however 1) two cats reside in house and 2) relative is a chain smoker. I am allergic to fur bearing animals and smoke. I thought I could bear it for a night but experienced discomfort.
The following morning (Wednesday), we checked the airline and learned that our 9:55 am flight was cancelled due to windy, icy and snowy conditions at JFK. We then rescheduled for 9:55 am flight (Thursday) to JFK. We stayed another night at our relative’s home. On Thursday, we departed on schedule and the flight was smooth (finally a positive to our travel).
For each flight cancellation, we informed our reserved limo service to postpone transportation back home. Upon arriving at home via limo, we paid the driver including a tip. Oh, but the driver had a higher charge on his smartphone which absorbed his tip. He approached me while I was pulling luggage to my front door and said: “You didn’t give me a tip”. At this point, I pulled out my reservation printout and showed him the amount quoted to me weeks earlier. The problem: limo service had considered my “postponements”  as “cancellations” and rates had increased. After arguing on the phone with the limo office, I hung up in a huff and gave the driver his tip.
On top of getting home two days later and other inconveniences, we had to lug four pieces of luggage, two weighing 40 lbs each and two carryons. What a trip!
As I said at the outset, we had a wonderful vacation in Florida but then………….

HELPFUL TIPS ON AIR TRAVEL
·    0   Always check airline departure schedule before leaving for airport
·    0   Keep van/limo service informed of flight delays and cancellations and confirm quoted fee
·    0   Keep in touch with airline gate attendant regarding options available for alternate travel plan, if needed
·    0   When packing, consider time away and availability of washer/dryer to lighten luggage load
·    0   Be sure to bring extra  regular medication and also those needed in event of allergic reactions

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Keeping Family and Household Records


Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library
May-June 2014 Newsletter
Topic Of The Month
KEEPING FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD RECORDS

When was the last time you couldn’t find an important paper you knew you had carefully put away someplace?  How much time do you spend trying to straighten out your household business affairs, especially at income tax time?
How in fact do people decide what records are important to keep and what they can discard? How do they decide where to store and keep such records and papers?
“Keeping Family/Household Records” is an online publication offered by the Federal Citizens Information Center of the General Services Administration as a public service.  This publication provides valuable information in answer to the above questions.  In addition it covers record storage, inventory records, net worth statements and much more.

To obtain this publication click on the link below or visit us at the library (Outreach Services Room) for a paper copy.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SENIOR CONNECTIONS
Farmingdale Public Library

March/April 2014 Newsletter
"Topic of the Month"

FOUR PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP YOU PAY YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) has provided a list of Federal and State health care cost saving programs for people with limited income and resources. They are as follows:
*Medicaid
*Medicare Savings Program
*Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
*Extra Help

To obtain this valuable government information, go to website: Publications.USA.gov, or visit us at the Outreach Services room at rear of library.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Flu Tips

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of the Month
January -- February 2014

Keep Everyone Healthy This Winter  with These Flu Tips
 
This winter , not only do the warm coats and scarves come out, but common illnesses such as colds and the flu join us too. While you can't always avoid getting the flu, there is plenty you can do now to help you and your family prevent the pesky sickness.  USA.gov round up these helpful resources for you:

0     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers tips on the differences between a cold and flu, how    you can prevent both, what to do if you are already sick, and advice on over the counter medicine. You can get it all on line or even order a hard copy publication sent to your house.

0    Flu.gov is the official government website where you can enter your zip code to find out where you can get a flu shot, get advice at who is most at risk, and learn how you can help loved ones who get the flu.

0     The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) has an app for you. with the " CDC influenza" app. you can find national activity information, as well as vaccine recommendations and videos on how to protect your family

0     Even though it's been a few years since the H1N1 pandemic flu was national news, it is another strain of the flu to always be mindful of.  The 2013-2014 flu shots cover the strain of the flu, plus others.  Learn more about this year's flu season and shots from the CDC



Thursday, September 5, 2013

SENIOR CONNECTIONS
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of the Month
November-December 2013

Learn About Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Launched October 1, 2013

   The Health Insurance Marketplace is here: A new way to get affordable coverage, launched October 1, 2013. Coverage begins January 1, 2014. (Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014).

   Go to healthcare.gov to learn about changes and get answers to your questions about health coverage,
- What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
- What is the Marketplace in New York?
- What if I have job-based insurance?
- How can I get coverage at lower costs?

Additional Information, including discussion of Medicare and Medicaid

   Go to this link on USA.gov to gather more pertinent health care information.
   

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

SENIOR CONNECTIONS
FARMINGDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Newsletter Topic of the Month
September-October 2013


"Be a Smarter Consumer: Order FREE 2013 CONSUMER ACTION HANDBOOK

Use this comprehensive handbook (154 pages) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more.

The handbook is published by U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center.

To obtain a copy, go to Publications.USA.gov and click on "2013 Consumer Action Handbook" or visit Senior Connections at library Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 10am to 12 noon for a free copy.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of  The Month
July-August 2013

Be Aware Of The Top Ten Consumer Complaint Categories for 2012
#1 Complaint: IDENTITY THEFT

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released its top 10 complaint categories for 2012. Of the two million complaints, 18% were related to identity theft. Of those 18%, almost half were related to tax or wage fraud.

What does this mean and what you should be aware of to protect yourself?

To learn more about identity theft readers can click on this Federal website or this State website