Home caregivers and seniors beware: The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has stated that “financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered the crime of the twenty-first century.” The estimated total amount lost in elder financial abuse is thought to be $2.9 billion, seniors from all income groups are targeted by unscrupulous scammers. Having little or no money in the bank doesn’t guarantee immunity from these hucksters.
To provide home caregivers and seniors with information about this increasingly important issue, Home Instead Senior Care’s continuing Family Caregiver Support series has chosen “Understanding the Scams Seniors Face” as the subject of its next online seminar, scheduled for September 9th at 10:00 am Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 pm Eastern).
The monthly Family Caregiver Support series explores topics that are of special interest to home caregivers and those under their care. The “Understanding the Scams Seniors Face” session will focus on how these scams work and what home caregivers can do to protect loved ones who may be vulnerable.
Those who participate in the September 9 webinar will obtain information that will enable them to:
- List five ways to prevent and report suspected scams against a senior. (Reporting scams can help to prevent others from becoming victims.)
- Identify eight signs that a senior may have been victimized by a scam. (Most are unaware that they have been taken advantage of, and some that are aware may be ashamed to admit it.)
- Define the eight scams most often used on seniors in the U.S.
Molly Carpenter, an author, speaker, trainer, and family caregiver who brings years of personal and professional elder care experience and training to the subject, will lead the “Understanding the Scams Seniors Face” webinar. Ms. Carpenter holds a bachelor of science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization.
Even savvy senior adults can fall prey to especially persuasive scams. Home caregivers who are well informed about the typical tricks that are most effective with older adults will be in a better position to ensure that their senior loved ones are safe from fraud attempts.
The Family Caregiver Support Series will continue on October 7th with a session on “Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s.”