Financial Exploitation Workshop to Educate About Risks to Seniors

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Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century,” according to the National Council on Aging. In addition, “The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse” reports that the annual financial loss by victims of elder abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion, a 12% increase since 2008.

On Friday, June 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Talbot County’s Senior Financial Exploitation Task Force is hosting its second annual Financial Exploitation Workshop at the Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place in Easton, MD. The workshop, which coincides with National Elder Abuse Awareness Day that week, will educate the community about the risks and vulnerabilities that our seniors face, particularly in regard to financial, Medicare and insurance fraud and marketing scams. The issue of financial exploitation by mail, computer and phone is increasingly affecting seniors every day.

Awareness is key to preventing this abuse. Seniors, children of seniors, caregivers and concerned citizens who want to learn more about risks and vulnerabilities seniors face today are encouraged to attend. Topics for the workshop include financial exploitation awareness, insurance and Medicare fraud, adult protective services, Internet safety, and financial security in retirement.

The event is sponsored by a task force comprised of local professionals from The Talbot Bank,

the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP/SMP), Home Instead Senior Care, Talbot County Department of Social Services, the Maryland Insurance Administration, Easton Police Department, Easton Utilities, and Edward Jones. Candlelight Cove is a co-sponsor of the event.

The event is free to the public, but seating may be limited. Lunch will be provided. For further information or to register, contact Brookletts Place at 410-822-2869.

On Friday, June 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Talbot County’s Senior Financial Exploitation Task Force is hosting its second annual Financial Exploitation Workshop at the Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are some of the members of the Senior Financial Exploitation Task Force planning the event, including Michael Stefanowitz, Maryland Insurance Administration; Sgt. James Miller, Easton Police Department; Tom Duncan, Edward Jones; Laura Heikes, Talbot Bank; Lee Newcomb, Talbot County Department of Social Services; and Jane Bateman, Home Instead Senior Care.

On Friday, June 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Talbot County’s Senior Financial Exploitation Task Force is hosting its second annual Financial Exploitation Workshop at the Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are some of the members of the Senior Financial Exploitation Task Force planning the event, including Michael Stefanowitz, Maryland Insurance Administration; Sgt. James Miller, Easton Police Department; Tom Duncan, Edward Jones; Laura Heikes, Talbot Bank; Lee Newcomb, Talbot County Department of Social Services; and Jane Bateman, Home Instead Senior Care.

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