New Tool Kit Available to Help Senior Citizens Avoid Financial Scams
Caregivers, seniors can learn tips to protect most vulnerable seniors
Oct. 21, 2011 – Senior citizens are 12 percent of the U.S. population but a staggering 35 percent of all fraud is
inflicted on seniors. A new effort to educate seniors on how to protect them themselves from financial abuse and scams has been published by
the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
The new toolkit – Savvy Savings Seniors: Steps to Avoid Scams - is produced in partnership with the Women’s Institute for
a Secure Retirement (WISER), and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Financial fraud is one of the most common forms of elder abuse, and also one of the most underreported. Scams and
swindles deprive older adults of their hard-earned assets and retirement savings, and can leave them feeling confused, fearful, and ashamed.
“We must acknowledge that helping to protect seniors from scams is a vital component to ensuring their safety and
financial independence,” said Sandra Nathan, senior vice president of economic security at NCOA.
“This toolkit helps older adults identify the common forms of financial fraud, and take action to protect their
The toolkit is the second in the Savvy Saving Seniors financial education series, following the release of a
guide on money management skills earlier this year.
In addition to offering typical scam scenarios, the toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for professionals to
facilitate a workshop with older clients, and a list of signs for caregivers and family members to look for when concerned about their loved
“All seniors, but especially older women -- the prime targets of financial scams, need the very best information to
protect their income and assets and avoid financial exploitation,” said Cindy Hounsell, president of WISER.
The Savvy Saving Seniors toolkits are part of a larger initiative between NCOA and the Bank of America Charitable
Foundation to provide one-on-one financial assistance to over 1,200 older adults experiencing economic distress over the next year.
“Everyone can benefit from financial education—but it’s especially important for vulnerable populations, such as
seniors, who may have little income and resources,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “We hope that
this toolkit enables older adults to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to avoid scams and remain in control of their income and
To participate in a free webinar on Oct. 24th on how to use the toolkit,
click here. For additional information on this toolkit and how to get help,
please click here.
The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 dedicated to the education
and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women. As the only organization to focus exclusively on the unique
financial challenges that women face, WISER supports women’s opportunities to secure adequate retirement income through research, workshops,
and partnerships. www.wiserwomen.org
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