6th Annual Call to Action event to spotlight prominent elder abuse case of Brooke Astor

March 11, 2010

Philip Marshall’s quest to protect his famous and wealthy grandmother Brooke Astor from devastating financial abuse put a national spotlight on a problem that a recent MetLife study, Broken Trust, found costs American seniors $2.6 billion annually.

Marshall will share his story in the keynote address at the Elder Financial Protection Network’s (EFPN) 6th annual Call to Action conference and awards ceremony on March 25, 2010 in San Francisco.

This year’s meeting comes at a time not only of increased attention to the problem of elder financial abuse, thanks to the media coverage of the Astor case, but also one of increased risk of financial abuse of seniors because of the current economic downturn. These factors combined with the progress being made toward passing a national Elder Justice Act, could make this year a watershed moment for the problem of elder financial abuse.

“In today’s economic climate, elders are at greater risk than ever of being targeted for fraud and financial abuse,” said Jenefer Duane, founder and CEO of EFPN. “The wealth of information shared by Mr. Marshall and our other great speakers at the Call to Action 2010 event will expand our insight and wisdom about how to prevent this growing problem.”

Marshall will join 10 other speakers at this year’s event, which will bring together experts and community advocates from across the country for a day-long learning experience on the growing crime of elder financial abuse. Several hundred representatives of financial institutions, law enforcement, elder justice advocates and the legal community are expected to attend the event.

“Raising awareness is key to confronting the problem of elder financial abuse,” said Mr. Marshall, a professor of historic preservation at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, “and I hope the visibility my grandmother gave to the issue becomes her lasting legacy.”

Call to Action 2010 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn – Golden Gateway, a new location for the event, and will feature speakers on diverse aspects of elder financial abuse. The program will also include EFPN annual awards to leaders in the fight against elder financial abuse.

EFPN is an award-winning non-profit organization that works to prevent financial abuse of elders and dependent adults through community education programs, public awareness initiatives, and professional training programs. For information, visit http://www.bewiseonline.org or call (415) 956-5556.

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Announcing Call to Action 2010 Keynote Speaker – Philip Marshall – Grandson of Brooke Astor

February 18, 2010

Call to Action 2010: San Francisco

EFPN Call to Action: San Francisco register

On behalf of the Elder Financial Protection Network’s Board of Directors, we are pleased to inform you that our 6th annual Call to Action conference, luncheon and award ceremony will be held on March 25 in San Francisco.

We are very honored to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Philip Marshall, Grandson of Brooke Astor.

The featured panel presentation will be America’s Landmark Case: Brooke Astor, presented by Elizabeth Loewy, Assistant District Attorney of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

The conference will also feature Triumph Over Torture presented by the masterful Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego District Attorney’s Office and several other dynamic sessions presented by an amazing lineup of speakers.

The Honorable Judge Kim Hubbard of the Orange County Superior Court will be our Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon and annual awards presentation.

This will be a historic event, a conference that you do not want to miss! For more information and to register, visit www.bewiseonline.org


EFPN Celebrates 10 years in 2010!

December 27, 2009

With the New Year approaching, it is important for all of us to stop and reflect on the past twelve months. This last year has been an exciting time for Elder Financial Protection Network, EFPN, and we are growing every day. And with the conviction of Anthony Marshall (the son of philanthropist Brooke Astor), the growing crime of elder financial abuse is getting more coverage in the national press than ever before. The stage is set for EFPN to be a national leader in the fight against elder financial abuse in the new decade.

As EFPN enters its 10th year of helping seniors to protect themselves from financial abuse, we could not be more proud of our accomplishments or more committed to the work that lies ahead.  Our great success is largely due to the dedication and support of our partners to whom we are so grateful.

We cannot do this important work without your continued support! Please click here to donate $10 to EFPN today – one for each year of service to our precious elders.  After all, ‘’Tis the season!


Astor case shows need for Elder Justice Act, op-ed

October 16, 2009
Opinion piece published in The Hill, © 2009 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

Opinion piece published in The Hill, © 2009 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

By Jenefer Duane, October 15, 2009

The conviction of 85-year-old Anthony Marshall for bilking millions from his philanthropist mother Brooke Astor gives a glimpse of a tragedy national in scope: elder abuse and neglect, which affects an estimated 5 million elderly people annually. In nearly 90 percent of all abuse cases, the perpetrator is a family member, two-thirds of whom are spouses or adult children.

But most financial elder abuse cases don’t have the tabloid drama of the rich and famous. It goes on quietly in towns and cities throughout the country where adult children tire of caring for sick parents, or caregivers resent or feel entitled to the relative wealth of the elder whom they bathe and feed. Elder financial abuse straddles all socioeconomic classes at a cost of $2.6 billion to our nation’s seniors annually — with family, friends, neighbors and caregivers as the perpetrators in 55 percent of cases. Read the full article about why we need the Elder Justice Act.

Get the facts:  Elder Abuse Fact Sheet produced by National Council on Aging (NCOA) and WITNESS, an international human rights organization that uses video to affect change, supporting the 573-member Elder Justice Coalition to urge Congress to pass the bill this year.