Se Listo! EFPN Brings Education to San Francisco’s Spanish Speaking Elders!

June 22, 2010

On March 26, EFPN presented a “Be Wise: Avoid Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft” Seminar at the Mission Neighborhood Center in the Mission District. The Spanish-language presentation featured Marco Chavarin of the City and County of San Francisco, Helen Karr of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Adela Coronado of the FDIC and Deborah Espinola of  California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.  45 Spanish-speaking elders participated in the event, and everyone had a great time (and a free lunch!)

The event was generously sponsored by CITI. As the crime of elder financial abuse targets seniors from all socio-econmic backgrounds, EFPN is proud to equip  elders from these multilingual communities with the important message of how prevent elder financial abuse!

Buen trabajo EFPN and all our sponsors!

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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.


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!


New Video! Bank of the West Hosts Free Seminar on Elder Financial Abuse Prevention

November 13, 2008

Watch this video of Rep. Leonard Boswell (D), Iowa, as he salutes the efforts of Bank of the West and Elder Financial Protection Network to give seniors the tools they need to fight exploitation.