Learn how to avoid being a victim of Medicare and Social Security scams at May 16 event

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COLORADO SPRINGS – Between phone calls, e-mails, text messages and letters, it can be hard to tell which are legitimate communication from Medicare or Social Security, and which ones are scams attempting to take advantage of a person’s benefits. Learn tips and tricks to avoid being a victim of Medicare fraud and abuse, Social Security scams and aggressive insurance sales tactics during a free educational event from 1-2 p.m., May 16, at the Sand Creek Meeting Room at the Pikes Peak Library District’s Sand Creek Library.

Roma Costanza, State Health Insurance Program coordinator at the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging, will help participants understand and recognize real communication versus a potential scam, and how to verify that communication. She has more than 20 years of experience in education through SHIP, a nationwide, federally-funded program that provides unbiased education and counseling.

Registration is encouraged for planning, and can be done through the Pikes Peak Library District online.

About the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

The mission of the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging is to help older adults by providing services and supports that enable them to remain as independent as possible in their homes and communities. The PPAAA provides resources for insurance assistance and information, caregiver support, mobility coordination and the ombudsman program for residents in long-term care facilities.

About the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments

PPACG’s 16 local governments collaborate on issues that cross political boundaries and work together to reach solutions that benefit the entire Pikes Peak region. PPACG’s primary focus is regional planning in transportation, aging issues, military impact planning and air and water quality.