Money Smart Week In Indiana

April 7, 2014
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Money Smart events will educate Hoosiers about ways they can take responsibility for protecting their money and savings.( Photo morgue file/cohdra.)

Money Smart events will educate Hoosiers about ways they can take responsibility for protecting their money and savings.( Photo morgue file/cohdra.)

Financial literacy is not just about saving dollars and cents.

Experts say it also includes protecting your savings and investments.

This is Money Smart Week, and at events throughout the state, Hoosiers can learn more about how to manage their personal finances.

Nancy Stone, program director with Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol, says discussions will include the growing problem of senior financial abuse.

“It’s just become really prolific that they target elderly because they know most people have a nest egg by the time they’re 65-plus and they’re also considered a vulnerable population,” she says.

Nearly 100 financial literacy events will be held over the next week in Indiana, led by community groups, educational organizations and financial experts.

Stone says there have been an increasing number of scams involving Medicare, and include phone and mail solicitations.

“They often pose themselves as Medicare reps, saying they need to update your information, and so forth,” she says. “But Medicare will never call you unsolicited. And, really, your Medicare card, you need to guard your card because it has your Social Security number on it.”

Some cases of Medicare fraud involve double billing, so she says be sure to review your service statements.

And if you have questions, call providers, or the Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol, to sort it all out. That number is 800-986-3505.

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all-day BHS Interact Club Spring Cleanin...
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Jan 15 – Feb 15 all-day
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Feb
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8:00 am CASA Training @ Souttheastern IN YMCA
CASA Training @ Souttheastern IN YMCA
Feb 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) training is February 5 and 12 from 5:30 – 9 pm, and February 6 and 13 from 8 am – 4 pm at the Southeastern IN YMCA in Batesville. Prospective volunteers who want to aid children must fill out applications ahead of time. Information can be found at www.voicesforchildren.net or by calling Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Executive Director Tonya Ruble-Richter at 812-599-2630 or emailing her at tonya@voicesforchildren.net.
9:30 am “Praying Our Dreams: Discovering... @ Oldenburg Franciscan Center
“Praying Our Dreams: Discovering... @ Oldenburg Franciscan Center
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
“Praying Our Dreams: Discovering God’s Messages” will be presented on February 13 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost is $45 – $65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP at www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.

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