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Commissioner Cook attends LifeSteps Council's 40th Anniversary and Fundraising Luncheon on Aug. 16, 2018

Commissioners Court Honors LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs with a Proclamation on Aug. 21

  • 22 August 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook is smiling and preparing to leave Old Settlers Hall with other guests in the background.

Prevent. Intervene. Promote Recovery.

LifeSteps’ vision is a safe, supportive, drug-free community with healthy, nurturing families; where all who experience alcohol or drug-related problems have affordable, easy access to the services that they need to help them become productive, empowered and substance free.

Our mission is to improve our community’s health, safety, and well-being by preventing substance use disorders, providing early intervention, and supporting long-term recovery.

Our target population includes individuals and families in Williamson, McLennan and Travis Counties.

Help us to carry this mission out by donating or volunteering!

http://lifestepscouncil.org/                                                   Seated facing forward are Barbara and George Brightwell who were honored as founders of LifeSteps with other members also seated.

Get informed, Be Prepared and Hang up on Senior Fraud Calls

Opinion Editorial by Commissioner Cook

  • 19 July 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The front of the Senior Fraud Prevention Placemat with images of the County logo, Precinct 1 map, N. Austin Springwoods Park Gazebo, Champion Park in Cedar Park, the round rock and Round Rock water tower, Brushy Creek,  and local nature scenery.

You may have gotten that “IRS” call threatening that if you don’t pay a certain amount of money for some bogus tax owed you will be arrested, deported or have your license revoked. And if you’re a senior, you’ve more than likely gotten such a call.

I hope you hung up.

To address this and other types of fraud among our senior population, I recently introduced the Williamson County Senior Fraud Prevention Program.

At our first event in June at the Court at Round Rock, an independent and assisted living facility, we invited local organizations that sponsor programs to identify and end this fraud, as well as provide other resources for golden agers in Williamson County and throughout Central Texas.

The 2015 True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse estimated that scams and identity theft cost American seniors a total of $36.5 billion per year, and this number continues to rise. If a senior is not on social media or email, fraudsters will find other means to steal from them through a landline, cellphone or other means.

Precinct 1 Constable Vinnie Cherrone advised residents to hang up on any callers asking for money or making threats if they refuse to give their financial information. He also recommended everyone to lock their social security cards in a safe place and not carry them around in wallets or purses.

Information on a social security card easily allows a criminal to steal a person’s identity. The federal government is even sending out new Medicare ID cards minus social security numbers. If you qualify, yours may be in the mail now.

The National Council on Aging warns that financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century” because many believe seniors have significant amounts of money in their accounts. But this doesn’t mean low-income seniors don’t have to worry.

 

Commissioner Cook Presents Juneteenth Proclamation in Commissioners Court

  • 19 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Juneteenth recognizes that on June 19, 1865, almost three years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston the freedom of all slaves throughout Texas, which read in part: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free;” and

WHEREAS, this announcement ended slavery in Texas; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is the oldest African American holiday, and in 1980, Texas established Juneteenth as a state holiday; and

WHEREAS, this Commissioners Court recognizes that the early Black inhabitants of Williamson County were brought here as slaves; and

WHEREAS, in the 153 years since General Granger’s Proclamation, the struggle against bigotry, hate, and violence continues today; and

WHEREAS, we believe that peace, love, and respect for one another and an emphasis on historical accuracy can overcome deep-seated mistrust and move our society towards a goal of a more inclusive and equitable community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAMED, that the Williamson County Commissioners Court hereby recognizes and proclaims, June 19, 2018 as:

“JUNETEENTH – TEXAS EMANCIPATION DAY”

in Williamson County, and encourages all Williamson County employees and residents to learn more about Juneteenth and support the noble purpose of this day.

Commissioner Cook Celebrates US Army's 243rd Birthday on June 14, 2018

The Party was held at the Round Rock Armed Forces Reserve Center.

  • 18 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The Army birthday cake and saber lying beside it.Commissioner Cook served as the honorary public official at the Army's family-friendly 243rd Birthday Bash! 

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. For more on the history of the U.S. Army, click here: https://history.army.mil/html/faq/birth.html

Commissioner Cook (center) gets help from (left) Debra Babcock with Commissioner Covey's (Pct. 3) Office and (right) Private Lydia Byrns as all three hold the saber to cut the Army birthday cake.

Commissioner Cook Presents Williamson County Senior Fraud Prevention Program at Court at Round Rock

Residents of the Independent Living and Assisted Living Facility learned about how to avoid fraud through scams and other crimes

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook holds up the front side of a Senior Fraud Prevention Placemat.Commissioner Cook Gave Out Laminated Senior Fraud Prevention Placemats As Shown In Photos

Between 2010 and 2017, Texas experienced the largest senior population increase nationwide, both in number and percentage change, with an addition of 3.1 million seniors—up 12.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Williamson County saw an even more dramatic increase in the senior population between 2010 and 2016, with a gain of 24,405 people, or a 65 percent increase in the number of people at or above the age of 65, according to the census.

In 2017, it was reported that older Americans lose $36.5B each year to financial scams and abuse, and this number continues to rise.

Financial scams and abuse are done through numerous ways. This is not an exhaustive list:

Telemarketing scams “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges. Or “You must act now.”

IRS scams “There was a problem with your taxes, and you still owe. Pay now or police will come to your door.” Frequently, these calls look like they are coming from inside the United States. In fact, they are large foreign operations trying to steal your money. The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

A family member is in jail A person posing as a grandchild says that they are in jail and need bond money.

Commissioner Cook holds up the back side of a placemat standing at the podium.When a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network then they install programs like ransomware that can lock you out of important files on your computer. Phishing scammers lure their targets into a false sense of security by spoofing the familiar, trusted logos of established, legitimate companies. Or they pretend to be a friend or family member. 

Unfortunately, The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that 90 percent of the perpetrators are family members or people the victims know well, such as neighbors, friends or caregivers.

We have brought 4 organizations that will give you important information and tips on what you should do to ensure you are not a victim of fraud and what to do if you do become

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