My interview with NBC’s Califonia Non-Stop: Tips for seniors to protect themselves from financial abuse


Paul Downey: Seniors First

Yesterday, I appeared on NBC San Diego’s local news program on the California Non-Stop Channel to discuss tips for seniors and their loved ones on how to prevent being a victim of financial abuse.

Seniors are living longer and more often in their own homes independently. This can make seniors vulnerable to scammers. According to MetLife, older Americans are losing $2.9 billion each year to financial abuse. This is a 12 percent increase from the $2.6 billion estimated in 2008.

Financial abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of income level, living situation, race, ethnicity, religion or social status.

Here are some great tips we spoke to, provided by Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood from the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Greenwood is the head of Elder Abuse Prosecution. He encourages anyone who suspects elder abuse to contact the Adult Protective Services hotline at (800) 510-2020.

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Posted on November 17, 2011, in Elder Abuse and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks Lark for sharing this information. We are fortunate to have people like yourself advocating for seniors and their safety.

    On December 5, 2-4pm at West Wellness Center in San Diego, we will host a Senior Scammer Seminar – free for the public.

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