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#ElderCareChat 12/5/12 Recap: Scam Prevention for Seniors and Caregivers

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 December 2012

This Wednesday, 32 participants gathered for our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter to discuss an issue that affects us all, but one in which vulnerable seniors are often targeted: scams and financial abuse. It was one of the most highly recommended subject areas to come out of last month’s future topic ideas chat, and this week’s group responded thoughtfully and thoroughly to the following questions:

  1. What makes a senior vulnerable to scams?
  2. How can we protect seniors from scams that arrive through the mail?
  3. How can we protect seniors from the phone calls they receive that are scams?
  4. How do we protect seniors from scams they receive through email?
  5. Charities aren’t scams but sometimes seniors can’t say No. How can we intervene in situations involving charities?
  6. Family members may also prey on their older family members. How can we prevent financial abuse from family members?
  7. With charities and family members, how do we respect the senior’s choice to give while preventing exploitation?
  8. Does our legal system do enough to prevent scams and financial exploitation?
  9. How can we educate family caregivers and seniors to prevent scams?


Check out these highlights:

You will find numerous links to resources mentioned in the transcript, but here are a few others worth referencing:

  • AARP’s Fighting Financial Fraud Toolkit
  • The New York Times’ New Old Age blog: On the Alert for Fraud
  • The CFP Board’s Consumer Guide to Financial Self-Defense
  • Stop Senior Scam’s Helpful Resources
  • n4a’s Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation
  • Seniors4Living’s Avoid Scams, Browse Online Safely in Senior Living

    Check out the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for furnishing this service) here. Analytics are available too; click here for the “chat stats.”

    Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, December 19th at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat — anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

    If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services you — or the company you represent — have to offer.  

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    1. [...] via this link. Also, find senior- and caregiver-specific scam prevention tips in this recap of a recent #ElderCareChat conversation, a real-time Twitter forum for elder care professionals, caregivers and advocates. Tags: money, [...]


      on 05 June 2013 / 8:04 AM


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