Security Starts At Home For Seniors
When it comes to people taking advantage of our seniors in Maine it hit’s very close to home for me. My mom is going to be 81 this year and I am so fortunate she has all her buttons and pins. However, I don’t think their vulnerability to scams is about that. Mom grew up in and raised her kids in a world where people could by and large be trusted. Also, for the record the two people I know personally that were given a ride by scammers were my age. So don’t think because you or your parents are smart that they or you can’t be taken. These evil doers practice until they get it right.
That said, the first order of business for you is to make sure they know that so if for some reason they do make a mistake they tell you early so you can help stop or limit the damage.
Another thing you can do is have an agreement to talk first. For example Mom, my brother and I have an agreement that any offer, request or thing that sound really good will be discussed among ourselves before anybody agrees to anything.
If an elder you know doesn’t have close family Eastern Area Agency on Aging has lots of information and folks, or volunteers that can be the listening ear needed their number is 941-2865. If your not sure how to approach the subject or feel you have enough of the answers EAAA also offer a Savvy Caregiver class.
Also, if your parent is internet savvy, the FTC has a boat load of information for them and you on avoiding scams, identity fraud, consumer protection and a whole lot more. They also offer classes like the one the held recently and they offer a toll free number 1-877-382-4357. for those seniors who aren’t comfortable using the internet
Elders can be very smart about these dangers but often just need a little encouragement and support from a loved one. Don’t we all:)