September 1, 2023 (Sioux City) Connections Area Agency on Aging announces its Fall “Shred-tastic,” a document shredding event, will be returning to Sioux City. This event is for seniors ages 60+ and their caregivers and will take place Friday, Sept 15, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, 313 Cook Street, Sioux City. Document Depot is providing a shredding service for personal papers only.
In May 2023, a record of over four tons of documents were shredded surpassing previous averages of two+ tons of personal papers during this two-hour period. The option to park and watch the shredding process is also available, using social distancing. This service is available on a donation basis with the donations benefitting senior services provided by Connections and Siouxland Center for Active Generations.
With a focus on preventing seniors from becoming victims of identity theft, Shredtastic offers seniors or their caregivers the opportunity to shred personal materials. Connections Area Agency on Aging, and SHIIP/SMP(Senior Health Insurance Information Program/Senior Medicare Program) advise Medicare beneficiaries to carefully dispose of paperwork such as Medicare Summary Notices, explanation of benefits notices from insurance companies, bank statements, credit card billings and applications and other documents that contain personal information. “We all need to be aware that numbers assigned to us from Medicare and Social Security, as well as bank account and credit card information, are valuable and sellable commodities to many scammers,” stated Chris Kuchta, event organizer at Connections Area Agency on Aging. She continued, “We are excited to be able to offer this service to seniors living in the Siouxland area, as we have been for more than 10 years.
This event is for personal papers only. Papers from businesses, including in-home businesses, will not be accepted. Other unaccepted items include magazines, phone books, plastic folders, corrugated cardboard, binders with metal clips, etc. Staples, paperclips, and spiral-bound items can be shredded and do not need to be removed.
This event occurs each spring and fall in Sioux City. The next Shredtastic will be on May 10, 2024. For additional information, contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-432-9209 or visit www.connectionsaaa.org.