Health and Safety Special Committee


TRTA State Health and Safety Committee Chair
Ron Leiman (D 19)

State Health and Safety Committee Members

Mary Ann Dolezal (D 4), Judy Hart (D 16), Verna Mitchell (D 10)

The TRTA Health and Safety Special Committee was created by President Marcy Cann and approved by the TRTA Executive Board for 2022-24. This committee will provide some of the information and resources previously promoted by the Healthy Living and the Informative and Protective Services State Committees. It is an “Opt In” Committee at the district and local chapter level.

Districts or local chapters can have a Health and Safety Chair, a Health Chair, a Safety Chair or none.

The purpose of this special committee is to serve the entire membership of TRTA with health and safety information.

The goals of this committee are to provide monthly health and safety articles; and to promote health and safety programs and special events.

On the first Tuesday of the month a health article will be posted on the TRTA Homepage. On the third Tuesday of the month a safety article will be posted on the TRTA Homepage. These articles will include pertinent information for our members and will often include resources and online references. Once an article is replaced, it will become available under the appropriate menu tab. This information is provided for all TRTA members.

Additional information will be provided primarily for districts and local units including newsletters, a monthly observances planning calendar, program ideas and special events. Special events will include planning information for health and safety fairs, fitness walks and other large-scale programs.

In addition to the committee members, advisors will serve in specific roles to assist the committee.

Marcy Cann, TRTA President, will oversee this committee.

Roy Varney, TRTA Multimedia Specialist, will be the TRTA Staff Liaison.

Senior Scam Alerts

Impostor Scams

The United States Department of Justice’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force presents five important frauds targeting senior citizens. The first one is a Social Security Administration impostor scam. Impostors contact the senior citizens and tell them that their social security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or it has been involved in a crime. They will want to confirm your social security number and withdraw money from your bank account to store on gift cards for safe keeping. They frighten the senior citizens by telling that their accounts may be seized or frozen if they fail to act quickly.  They may use robot calls to reach their victims or tell the victim to press “1” to speak to a government support representative for help. They may use Caller ID spoofing to make the call look legitimate.

Tech Support Scam

Fraudsters telephone the senior citizen claiming to be computer technicians from a well-known company. They claim that they have detected computer viruses, malware, or hacking attempts. They ask for remote access to a computer. They may then use your computer to order large quantities of expensive items that they will have shipped to a destination unknown to the computer owner, or they may ask for your bank account number to debit it for their services. (Source the Federal Trade Commission)

Lottery Scam

Fraudulent telemarketers from Jamaica and other foreign countries call seniors telling them that they have won a sweepstakes or foreign lottery. They claim to be lawyers, lottery representatives, or custom officials. They tell people that they have won millions of dollars, vacations, or cars. They only need to pay shipping, insurance, custom duties, and taxes to receive their winnings.  The source for this article is the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica.

IRS Imposture Scams

IRS Impostor Scams are aggressive and sophisticated phone scams targeting taxpayers. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but they are not. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. Victims are told that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a wire transfer or stored value card such as a gift card. Victims who refuse to cooperate are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. IRS Impostor Scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based “money mules” to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators. Source: Internal Revenue Services  (Money mules are individuals that fraudsters pay a fee to transport packages to them. Often the money mules do not realize they are involved in a scheme to defraud people of their money.)

Dating Scams

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist. Romance scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators.

Source: Federal Trade Commission                                                                                                                                         

Oct. 2022 Safety Article

Sept. 2022 Safety Article

Tips for Staying Healthy Year-Round

  1. Get Active
  • Physical activity is an immune system booster. The more you move, the more your body is able to fight inflammation and infections. You do not have to engage in strenuous exercise because low impact exercises are effective, too. If possible, schedule a nice thirty-minute walk into your daily routine. Add that to all the walking that you do during the day, and you may have a sizeable number of steps in. Getting a Fitbit watch to record your steps is an electronic encourager.
  • Consider low impact aerobics. If you’re able to, try engaging in moderate intensity exercise for about 20 to 30 minutes a day. A group of friends may want to try the local Community Center swimming pool. Volunteer to be the leader through a regiment of activities such as arm lifts, leg lifts, neck exercises, chin on-chest, shrugging your shoulders, putting your hand on your knee and ankle, using weights when you lift those legs, playing around with a noodle by putting your foot on it and securing it to the bottom of the pool (Gwyn Scott, Borger’s 90-year old health guru). Also, strengthen your muscles by lifting light weights, but modify your exercise routine to find what feels best for you.
  1. Stay Clean
  • Wet your hands with clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap. Lather and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse them under clean running water. Germs from respiratory and diarreal infections spread from person to person or from serface to people. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands! Don’t blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into your hands. Don’t prepare or eat food with unwashed hands. Use hand santitizers, and carry them in your purse or pocket.
  • Key times to wash your hands include the following: before, after, or during preparing food, before and after eating, before and after caring for someone who is sick, before and after treating a wound, after using the toilet, after blowing your nose or coughing or sneezing, after touching an animal, animal food, or animal waste, after handling pet food and pet toys, after touching the garbage. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention[ hygiene/personal-hygiene/hands.html]
  1. Get plenty of Sleep
  • We older adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep. That’s less than babies, teens, and midlife adults according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention We need restful sleep because sleep impacts the memory and cognitive functions. Deep sleep should account for at least 75% of your sleep because it is the restorative part of sleep, slowing down your heart rate, breathing, and eye movement. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, make a to-do list for the next day so that you’re not thinking about the things you must do the next day, stretch your body, avoid caffeine, set your house temperature to 60-67 degrees, set your phone to “off” at least 30 minutes prior to bed.
  1. Eat good fruits and vegetables
  • The healthiest vegetables are spinach, kale, broccoli, peas, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, onions, alfalfa sprouts, bell peppers, cauliflower, and seaweed.

The healthiest fruits include lemons, strawberries, oranges, limes, grapefruit, berries, apples, and pomegranate. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease, cancer, inflamation, and diabetes. []

Oct. 2022 Health Article

Sept. 2022 Health Article

TRTA Health and Safety Special Committee Effective Date: September 9, 2022
Observances Month and Week
Month Health Safety
January Glaucoma Winter Safety
Cervical Cancer Radon Action
Birth Defects Slavery and Human Trafficking
Thyroid Stalking
Folic Acid Week
February Heart Health Earthquake
Girls and Women in Sports Teen Dating and Violence Prevention
Cancer Prevention Burn Week
Mascular Degeneration and Low Vision
Eating Disorder Week
Sepsis Survival Week
March Kidney Disease Ladder Safety
Nutrition Spring and Flood Safety
Colectal Cancer Workplace Eye Safety
Tuberculosis Poison Prevention Week
Brain Injury Tsunami Week
Multiple Sclerosis
April Autism Alcohol Awareness
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Financial Capability
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Youth Sports Safety
Stress Sexual Assault Prevention
Minority Health Child Abuse Prevention
Parkinson’s Disease Occupational Therapy
Testicular Cancr Window Safety Week
Infertilty Week Playground safety Week
May Older Americans Electrical Safety
Mental Health Better Hearing and Speech
Women’s Health Clean Air
Better Hearing and Speech Wildfire
Arthritis Building safety
Lupus Motorcycle Safety
Asthma and Allergy Trauma
Osteoporosis Water Safety
Physical Fitness and Sports Healthy Vision
Stroke EMS Week
Nurses Week
June Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health National Safety Month
Men’s Health Hydration
Cataract Pet Preparedness
Migraine and Headache Summer and Extreme Heat
PTSD Lightning Week
Scoliosis Trailer Safety Week
July Hepatitus Sunburn
Youth Sports Vehicle Theft Protection
Cleft and Crainiofacial Fireworks
Group B Stress
August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Water Quality
Breastfeeding Back To School
Immunization Stop on Red Week
September Healthy Aging Suicide Prevention
Food Safety and Education Pain
Blood cancer Fall Safety
Childhood Obesity Sport Eye Safety
Yoga Farm Safety and Health Week
Ovarian Cancer
Prostrate Cancer
October Health Literacy Cybersecurity Awareness
Breast Cancer Fire Prevention
ADHD Substance Abuse Prevention
Dental Hygiene Domestic Violence
Down Syndrome Crime Prevention
School Bus Safety Week
November Diabetes Family Caregivers
Lung Cancer Hospice and Palliative Care
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Holiday Cooking Safety
Alzheimer’s Disease Holiday Online Shopping
Pancreatic Cancer
December Flu Vaccine Frostbite
HIV/Aids Awareness Impaired Driving Prevention
Holiday Fire Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Safety Council