Lawmen, seniors discuss health, fraud in Forsyth County

Regular meetings aim to educate senior citizens, prevent victimization

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CUMMING, Ga. – Seniors learned valuable tips on how to incorporate stretches into their daily routine and on the latest scams targeting the elderly.

The meeting was part of a Seniors and Lawmen Together (S.A.L.T.) event held April 17 at the Sgt. D.P. Land Memorial FOP Lodge, 248 Castleberry Industrial Drive in Cumming.

S.A.L.T., first founded in 2005, teaches Cumming and Forsyth senior members to prevent the actual and feared victimization of elderly citizens.

Each meeting has a special topic. The most recent was a health discussion led by Stacy Lamb, a Forsyth County Parks and Recreation personal trainer.

Lamb demonstrated simple stretches for members to incorporate into their daily activities and informed them of classes the county’s parks and rec department offers seniors.

“You should be fit whether you are 5 years old or 95 years old,” Lamb said. “Parks and rec offers classes specifically for seniors, and they have classes they encourage seniors to come and try.”

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Frampton said S.A.L.T. is important to seniors in the area and to law enforcement outreach.

“S.A.L.T. and these meetings bridge the gap between the seniors and the sheriff’s office, so they get to know us,” Frampton said. “Plus, it gives them a community event to come to with each other.”

Lyle Schroeder, a S.A.L.T. board member, said topics covered at the meetings are of interest to seniors.

“Like driving, home safety, fire safety, fraud scams, things of that nature,” Schroeder said. “We try and keep people informed as far as scams, because they seem to be easy targets.”

Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Spriggs also updated members on several new fraud scams.

S.A.L.T. holds meetings every other month.

The two most recent scams involve companies mailing fraudulent checks for winning a $250,000 prize and a company posing as the Social Security Administration asking for money from family members to add to seniors' accounts.

The next S.A.L.T. meeting takes place at 10 a.m. June 19 at the Lodge, 248 Castleberry Industrial Drive. Food and transportation assistance is available.

For more information on S.A.L.T. and becoming a member, visit www.forsythsheriff.org/index.php/programs/s-a-l-t or call Spriggs at 770- 205-4547.

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald May 1, 2013 edition