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  • Research Your Broker As You Would A Stock

    To protect your investments, before working with a broker or other financial professional, make sure that person is licensed as a registered investment adviser.

    Investing some time and effort in researching your stockbroker — just as you would if he or she were a security — can pay dividends.

    That’s the word from experts who say before working with a broker or other financial professional, make sure that person is licensed to sell you an investment. One way to do this is by using a free online tool from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) called BrokerCheck.

    To use the online tool, go to FINRA BrokerCheck. You can look up a specific firm or investment professional. You can also search by zip code.

    When researching individuals, the tool can be used to find:
    • employment history;
    • approved licenses, registrations, and qualification exams passed;
    • certain misdemeanor charges and convictions; and
    • disciplinary actions and sanctions imposed by FINRA, the SEC or other regulators.

    When researching a firm, the tool can be used to find:
    • its address, legal status and types of business it engages in;
    • a 10-year history of all felony charges and convictions, and certain misdemeanor charges and convictions;
    • disciplinary actions and proceedings initiated by regulators; and
    • bankruptcy proceedings and arbitration award information.

    Even if an individual or firm does not have a history of reported problems, the tool can help detect potential red flags. For example, you can see if an individual broker has switched firms frequently over a short period of time, or if the firm has changed its name often.

    “The first step any investor should take before he or she does business is to use BrokerCheck to do a background search,” said Gerri Walsh, president of FINRA Investor Education Foundation. “Make sure the investment professional is licensed either with FINRA as a registered representative or with the SEC or a state regulator as a registered investment adviser.”

    It’s also a good idea to check with your state securities regulator, local consumer groups or others who have business relationships with a particular financial professional.
    FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

    For more resources, visit FINRA’s website.

     

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  • Building Bridges Between Generations

    St. George Village resident Kathleen Mayer is served high tea by Annaleah Fernandez, a junior at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School.

    St. George Village is all about building relationships — not only the relationships between staff and residents and their families, but also in the fostering of friendships among residents and in building partnerships between SGV and the community. One such partnership brings students in from neighboring Blessed Trinity Catholic High School to participate in activities with SGV residents.

    The teens help out with a variety of regular activities like serving refreshments at weekly parties and as callers on Bingo night, but they’re also a wonderful resource for special events that entertain and inspire residents.

    For example, students have participated in two fashion shows at St. George Village, modeling their attire for the Spring prom and then for the Homecoming dance in the fall. SGV Activities Coordinator Helen Hendricks says that the fashion shows are interesting for both students and seniors.

    “The students had great fun talking to our residents,” she says. “They enjoyed answering questions about their clothes and the dances, but they also enjoyed hearing the older people’s memories of their own high school days. Some of the students actually seemed even more engaged than the residents.”

    SGV Healthcare Activities Manager Renee Krosner says she has noticed several friendships springing up between the seniors and the teens because of the opportunities these activities present for intergenerational interaction.

    “A lot of these students want to help seniors because they’ve seen what their own grandparents needed. They just have that calling,” she states. “So, when they’re here at St. George Village, they do build relationships.”

    These friendships, many of which last even after the students graduate from high school, are beneficial for both generations.

    “The interaction with the younger generation really helps keep our residents interested and thriving,” says Hendricks. “But the students also get a lot out of these events. It’s fulfilling for everyone.”

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  • Making the Connection…in the World of Technology

    St. George Village recently held its first “Cyber Café” on a Sunday afternoon in the Bistro, and what a resounding success it was! More than 25 residents showed up, armed with their tablets, laptops, smartphones and e-readers, to learn more about how to operate these technology devices from a group of 10 volunteers.

    The volunteers from BlueHair Technology Group, along with students from Blessed Trinity High School, provided hands-on assistance, answering questions about basic operating functions of the devices and helping residents learn how they can get the most out of their technology, including:

    • How to connect to the Internet and find information
    • Setting up an email account, sending and receiving messages,
    attaching and downloading files
    • Playing games such as Words With Friends
    • Creating a Facebook page
    • Downloading and using applications such as Skype and Pandora

    Due to the success of this initial event and the continued interest it generated, the Cyber Café will become a regularly scheduled event.

    St. George Village, a senior living life care community, is committed to creating an environment that encourages residents to continue exploring, learning and challenging themselves, regardless of age.

     

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