SCAM ALERT:DES has been made aware of a “mimic phone number” scam that closely matches the DES phone number for assistance with Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance. It may offer various “promotions” like retail gift cards and ask for a credit card number. DES advises customers to do the following in the event you misdial:
1- Dial carefully. The correct phone number for the HEAplus Customer Support Center is 855-432-7587. 2- You should never hear any special offers or promotions or requests to provide your credit card when calling for assistance with benefits. If you do, hang up, check the number you dialed, and call again. 3- Never give your credit card number.
Mental illness currently affects more than 40 million Americans*, and yet many find the topic difficult to discuss. It is an invisible condition that touches one in five people* who are living and working in our communities. Having a purpose, like meaningful employment, can significantly affect how a person with a mental illness manages his or her condition.
As we wrap up Older Americans Month, we take a look at how today’s seniors are working longer, trying new things and engaging more in their communities. Exercise and physical activity can play a key role in providing them the ability to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Look around the room. Are you near five people? If so, would you be surprised to learn that one in five Americans lives with a mental illness?* It’s important to know that a mental illness does not need to be a barrier to living a full life. Throughout the year and especially through Mental Health Awareness Month, DES needs your help to #breakthestigma about this invisible ailment that affects so many.
The dreaded Arizona summer heat is on its way, but on the upside, the season also brings hundreds of seasonal jobs. Summer employment is a great way to build your résumé, get some experience under your belt, try out a new vocation and perhaps get your foot in the door of a company or field for which you have interest.
May is Older Americans Month, and this week we take a look at Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects more than five million older Americans, including 130,000 Arizonans. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, women age 65 and older are two times more likely than men to develop the disease. It is now the 5th leading cause of death in Arizona.
The Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) has programs to enable clients with disabilities to complete their education, thrive in the workforce, and live as independently as possible. As the Public Information Officer for DERS, I have had the privilege of working with several of our clients who have visual impairments. I have interviewed many of them, joined them in a march to raise awareness for White Cane Safety Day, and attended the E75 Awards event which honored businesses that employ Arizonans with visual impairments.
Arizona is a retirement haven, and home to more than a million citizens over the age of 60. In 2012, 19 percent of Arizonans were over the age of 60. The DES Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) Arizona State Plan on Aging 2015-2018 reports by the year 2030, that will grow to about 25%.