On November 14, hundreds of seniors and their families gathered at the Santa Clara Convention Center for Senior Resource Forum 2008. SRF 2008 was made possible through the incredible generosity and planning of the title sponsor, Star One Credit Union. Other sponsors included the Financial Institutions Team (FIT) in Santa Clara County, Department of Corporations – SAIF, Department of Consumer Affairs, Key Point Credit Union, Elder Financial Protection Network and Santa Clara County. Representatives from these institutions worked for months to put together a top notch event.
SRF 2008 featured a hall of vendors, with representatives from local businesses and services of special interest to seniors in Santa Clara County. In the main hall, a program of expert panels, guest speakers, and a super keynote address from consumer watch-dog Michael Finney kept everyone entertained, while providing excellent tips for avoiding financial abuse. Panelists included reps from Rebuilding Together, the Bureau of Automotive Repairs, Contractors State License Board, Adult Protective Services, and many more. There were awesome individual speakers as well, including our own Jenefer Duane, who gave a terrific talk on hiring in-home care.
Attendees had a great time, and we are excited about the prospect of participating in this event next year. It was a wonderful opportunity to reach a large number of seniors, giving them the resources they need to protect themselves from exploitation.