Contra Costa Agencies Join Together to Fight Elder Financial Abuse

Concord, Calif., November 2, 2009 – Eleven Contra Costa County organizations join in educating senior adults about financial abuse.  Fighting Back! How to Avoid Frauds and Scams will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 8:30am – 2pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord.  Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) in partnership with Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CA$E) will present this one-day event for senior adults.  The event will be free of charge for attendees and will include lunch.

The Special Celebrity Master of Ceremonies will be Diane Dwyer of NBC Bay Area.

Fighting Back! will cover a variety of issues related to financial abuse presented by experts in the fields of law enforcement, social services, health care, and legal services.  Topics covered are:

  • An overview of elder financial abuse – identifying frauds and scams
  • Consumer protection – how to fight back
  • Local resources available – whom to call

Speakers will include:

  • Honorable Joyce Cram, Superior Court of Contra Costa County, Elder Court
  • Honorable Robert Kochly, District Attorney of Contra Costa County
  • Virginia George, Esq., Supervising Attorney, JFK University Elder Law Clinic
  • Jenefer Duane, Founder and CEO, Elder Financial Protection Network
  • Prescott Cole, Senior Staff Attorney, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • Jason Peck, Esq., Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
  • Joaquin Murphy, Program Representative III, California Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Maria Guzman-Kennedy, Community Outreach Coordinator, Contractors State License Board
  • Ruth Atkin, Senior Staff Assistant, Contra Costa Aging and Adult Services
  • Tina Olton, Volunteer, Contra Costa Senior Peer Counseling
  • Barbara Procter, J.D., Program Director, Center for Human Development
  • John Cottrell, Director of Aging and Adult Services

The Special Celebrity Master of Ceremonies will be Diane Dwyer of NBC Bay Area.

Fighting Back! is sponsored by EFPN, CA$E, Contra Costa Federal Credit Union, Pacific Service Credit Union, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, JFK University Elder Law Clinic, California Department of Consumer Affairs, Contra Costa Aging and Adult Services, Contra Costa for Every Generation, City of Richmond Commission on Aging, East County Senior Coalition, California Department of Corporations – Seniors Against Investment Fraud Program, and NBC Bay Area.

Space for the event is limited. RSVPs are due on or before November 13, 2009.  Please call (415) 956-5556, e-mail, or register Online at

EFPN is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of financial abuse of elders through innovative partnerships that build public awareness, drive community outreach, and provide professional training. CA$E is a program that recruits and trains a professional Speakers’ Bureau to reach out to senior adults throughout Contra Costa County on the issue of elder financial abuse prevention.


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