Preaching the Message of Elder Protection to Senior Parishioners!

Thanks to the generous collaboration of Saint Dominic’s Church along with the sponsorship of Patelco Credit Union, Elder Financial Protection Network organized a dynamic free community education event featuring our award-winning “Be Wise: Avoid Scams, Fraud and Identity Theft” workshop for elders to learn how to protect themselves from becoming victims of financial exploitation.

The event took place on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Saint Dominic Church’s Parish Hall. Nearly 50 elders heard experts in the field present information on common frauds and scams and suggest strategies for how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and other forms of exploitation. The speakers also covered the different types of home care that is available for themselves and their loved ones stressing the need to plan ahead.

The workshop, moderated by Sharon Tallon of Patelco Federal Credit Union, featured speaker presentations by Helen Karr of the Office of San Francisco District Attorney,  Neal O’Farrell, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council, and Bernadette Sweeney of Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s  Services.

Thanks to all of the outreach to our senior communities about these important issues, seniors are learning about the importance of protecting themselves! This was the first time in all of EFPN’s workshops where three seniors gave up their raffle prize (a paper shredder) because they already had one! We took this as a good sign that the word is getting out about shredding unneeded documents and junk mail! Helping seniors to help each other was the best moment of this event!

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