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News briefs: October 2013

Boost your fraud awareness

Financial fraud affects one in five people over the age of 60, according to the senior advocacy group Elders in Action, but here’s a chance to learn from the experts about your power to protect yourself against fraud.

The Oregon Department of Justice, Multnomah County Fraud and Abuse team and Elders in Action will present information at two free programs on how to safeguard your information, spot a potential fraud, stop a scammer and report a concern.

The events, presented by Elders in Action and sponsored by Sterling Bank, take place on the following dates:

n Monday, Oct. 7, 2-3:30 p.m., Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland.

n Friday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m., the Neighborhood House Senior Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland.

For more information, call Elders in Action at 503-235-5474. Visit the Elders in Action website at www.eldersinaction.org.

Band welcomes new director

Portland’s own One More Time Around Again Marching Band (Presented by Standard TV & Appliance), has hired Timothy Wilcox as its new director for the 2014 season — its 30th anniversary year.

Wilcox, a bass trombonist, spends the school year teaching band, choir, social studies, math and other subjects in the Pleasant Hill or Springfield school districts.

The One More Time Around Again Marching Band is made up of more than 500 marching band musicians ages 18 to 85. The band is always recruiting new members. For updates, “Like” the band’s Facebook page and visit its website at www.omtaamb.org.

Participants sought for ‘smell test’

Many people with Parkinson’s disease report a loss of sense of smell (called “hyposmia”), often beginning years before the onset of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.

A new study at Oregon Health & Science University is looking to explore that potentially important issue further. Investigators are looking for people over the age of 60 who do not have Parkinson’s disease to take a brief smell survey as part of a new phase of a landmark study called the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative.

OHSU is one of 24 sites around the world that are part of the $55 million Parkinson’s study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Portland-area residents who are interested in the research can become one of the 10,000 individuals needed to complete a brief online or paper survey about their sense of smell. Most survey respondents will be sent a scratch-and-sniff smell test and brief questionnaire in the mail to be completed at home. Some also may be asked if they are willing to undergo more extensive testing.

Those interested in taking the smell survey can visit www.michaeljfox.org/takethesmellsurvey, call 1-877-525-PPMI (7764), or contact OHSU study coordinators Alicia Portillo or Art Lenahan at 503-494-1382.

Wanted: 4-H alumni expertise

Multnomah County 4-H is starting another year and is searching for alumni to volunteer with the growing program.

For several years 4-H was absent in Multnomah County. Now, as organizers continue to recreate the program, they are looking for alumni to become or mentor 4-H leaders or trainers, help with special events and offer skills or experiences. There are more than a dozen active 4-H clubs in Multnomah County and several 4-H member schools.

For more information, call the Multnomah County 4-H Office at 503-916-6074, email Aliesje King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit extension.oregonstate.edu/4hwildlife

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