Delaware County officials invite senior citizens and people who love or care for them to Senior Resource Forums on Oct. 4th in Drexel Hill or Oct. 17th in Concord to learn about the services available for them from veterans programs to anti-crime initiatives. Making the announcement is Louis Colbert (center), COSA director, and County Councilman Tom McGarrigle. They are joined by (front, from left) COSA staff members Denise Stewart, Steve Gamble and Barbara Nicolardi, and (back row) Council Chairman Jack Whelan and Councilmen Andy Lewis and Mario J. Civera, Jr.

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elaware County Council and the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) will hold two free Senior Citizen Resource Forums on Tuesday, Oct. 4th from 1-3:30 P.M. at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, Drexel Hill, and on Monday, Oct. 17th from 1-3:30 P.M. at the Concordville Inn, Concord. Both events are open to all senior citizens, their families and caregivers.

The forums will feature a panel of representatives from various county programs to outline what resources and supports are available to senior citizens.

“Our goal is to provide senior citizens with tools they need to navigate today’s challenging economic climate and to inform them about many services and programs available to them through county government,” said County Council Chairman Jack Whelan.

“Studies indicate that during a recession, those hardest hit are senior citizens on fixed incomes. Not only do their resources get stretched, but there is an increase in the number of predators who will offer them get-rich fixes that are fraudulent. That’s why it’s important that we educate our seniors and help them find solutions to maintain their quality of life, during all economic conditions,” Whelan said.

At each forum, staff from county agencies including COSA, the district attorney’s Senior Exploitation Unit, Consumer and Veterans affairs and the Treasurer’s Tax Claim Bureau will participate in a panel presentation and be available afterward to speak with individuals.

Staff will also be available from Community Action Agency, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Social Security and people will be there to help with the open enrollment for Medicare.

Both events are free. To register, contact Barbara Nicolardi at (610) 490-1524 or via e-mail to nicolardib@co.delaware.pa.

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