SAGE Utah Special Edition Newsletter

CHECK IN

Hello friends – these are interesting times we are living in.  I hope you are all doing well.  As a result of the pandemic situation, many things are going virtual.  We want to stay in touch with you.
 
That being said, we know that there are different levels of comfort with technology, so first, let’s talk about some terminology that you might see or hear.

  • Google Hangouts – A platform where multiple people can connect at once by way of telephone or computer video.  This is a secure platform where only those with the pin can access.  The pin is provided when you receive an invitation to join a Hangout meeting.   If you are calling in, you may notice that the number is in another state.  There are no long distance charges as long as you are using a cell phone.  If you use your landline, you may be responsible for toll charges depending on your plan and carrier.
  • Utah Pride Center Lobby – This is a “chat” room that has been set up through Facebook.  It is moderated and is live until 8:00 PM and is active Monday – Friday.  Follow this link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahPrideCenterLobby/
  • Skype – This is an online video chat option.  You can download it on your phone or your laptop.  We will not be using Skype communication at this time, but you can explore it on your own if you are interested.
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Zoom – This is another online meeting platform.  Like most of the other meeting platforms, you will receive an email invitation with a meeting link and a phone number.  You can choose to join via computer or phone.  Again, if you are using a cell phone, you should not be charged any toll charges.

These are the most popular platforms that people and groups are using.  There are others and they all work similarly.

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DAILY PROGRAMS CHAT

We are holding virtual meetings on weekdays, Monday-Friday  from 2p-3p (MST) for anyone who would like to check in and chat with your peers from UPC, please click this link or dial in at this number.  This is not a formal discussion with a set agenda, but rather just a place to talk to other people in real time.

Thank you, can’t wait to see everyone!

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RESOURCES

If you need assistance during this time, here are a few resources that may be helpful:



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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Do not give your credit card or personal information to callers or to someone unknown to you who comes to your door offering help.  Remember the rule of thumb that anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.  There are helpful people in the world and we hope people are reaching out to assist each other during this crisis, but there are also people who are always opportunistic.  Please protect yourself.



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Now Available: National Elder Fraud Hotline

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Attorney General William P. Barr addressed attendees of the Keeping Seniors Safe summit and announced the launch of the National Elder Fraud Hotline. This toll free call center helps combat fraud against older Americans and provides support for victims who have been robbed of their hard-earned savings.

The National Elder Fraud Hotline is staffed by caring professionals who can provide personalized support to callers. Use this call center to—

  • report incidences of fraud
  • obtain a case manager who will help you through the reporting process at the federal, state, and local levels; and
  • connect with other helpful resources on a case-by-case basis.

Call 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311) to receive help from a hotline case manager.
Visit the National Elder Fraud Hotline website.



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PHONE A FRIEND

Did you know that LGBTQ+ older people are:

  • Twice as likely to be single and live alone
  • Four times less likely to have children/family

IF WE DON’T LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER, WHO WILL?
Are you or someone you know lonely, isolating or withdrawing from friends and social situations?  Do you see events or activities that you would like to attend, but can’t or don’t go for one reason or another?  We have resources available to help.  There is a confidential email to reach out for yourself or a friend.  Please email your name and phone number to sage@utahpridecenter.org and someone will contact you.

Please don’t be alone – there is a big community here waiting to welcome you.

Thank you to those on the SAGE Leadership Team who are championing this effort.

TRANSGENDER SUICIDE HOTLINE
YOU ARE LOVED, YOU ARE IMPORTANT, WE SEE YOU.

IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE CALL THE TRANSGENDER LIFELINE:

877 565 8860



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WHO CAN JOIN SAGE?

SAGE is designed for LGBT elders – people over 50.  However, if you are part of an inter-generational couple, both of you are still eligible to join.  If you have a  partner who has not joined because they are younger than 50, please have them send a request to be added to our membership list.  We  need name, zip code and email address sent to debhall@utahpridecenter.org.

We will never check your id!

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