Friday, May 17, 2013

Elderly Attend Victims' Rights Seminar

In many areas across the country, communities are putting together seminars and programs to help teach seniors how to fight back and avoid elder abuse, financial scams, and other crimes that target the elderly.

In one instance, a Michigan area community worked to educate their seniors on how to outsmart potential crooks in their area.  The St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of Victim Rights and the Council on Aging, hosted a seminar for its area seniors on how to combat crime that targets people in their age range.  This seminar was a part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and speakers were brought in to talk about elder abuse issues and how to remain vigilant to avoid being abused. A portion of the seminar talked about current financial scams to be aware of, such as those involving handing out your SSN and other personal data. Also, the importance of setting up a will and getting affairs in order can make life much less stressful for seniors and their families.

These seminars can be useful to educate all seniors and those serving seniors in a community.  It would be great to see such seminars occur regularly across the country to decrease the occurrence of elder abuse and financial fraud in the U.S.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit  his website at  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.

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