Do you know the signs of senior financial abuse?

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The United Nation's has designated June 15 as "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day."  One of fastest growing forms of elder abuse is financial, as more seniors fall victims to scams, unscrupulous companies and even other relatives.

It is such a concern that the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in partnership with the Center for Elder Law & Justice, will once again be hosting its annual Elder Law Day.

The free public event focuses on several issues connected to protecting a senior's financial situation.

Elder Law Day is taking place at the Adam's Mark Hotel on Monday June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Free parking is available.

For those who register by Friday June 15, they will be offered a free 15 minute consultation with a elder law attorney, as well as a free lunch.

More information about Elder Law Day and registration can be found at:

http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/index.php?q=feature/elder-law-day-june-18-2018

You can also call (716) 858-6864.

Elder abuse will be one of several topics covered during the event.

According to Katie Earl, from the Center for Elder Law & Justice, the biggest warning signs of senior financial exploitation include the following:

-Seniors becoming more isolated and withdrawn from events like attending religious services.

-Having no idea of how much money the senior has or where it is going.

-An increase in mail from unknown parties.

-Not having money to buy food or other life necessities.

-Sudden legal changes such as switching Power of Attorney or altering wills.

-Abrupt changes in spending patterns.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly talks with a senior victim of financial exploitation in his report.

More information about elder abuse can be found at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/ElderJusticeNY/

You can contact Ed Reilly with comments or news tips at ed.reilly@wkbw.com

 

 

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