Newsmakers To Air This Sunday, May 27th, Topic: Protecting Senior Citizens from Financial Abuse

Published 05/25 2012 07:46PM

Updated 05/28 2012 11:31AM

Keeping our senior citizens from becoming a victim of financial abuse is the topic of this Sunday's Newsmakers on WBRE-TV.
    The monthly public affairs program is hosted by Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick. Bugda and Mehalshick will be joined by Trula Hollywood. Hollywood is the executive director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging. She will discuss the signs of financial exploitation and how senior citizens and their families can protect their fiances.
   How to begin the investigation will also be discuss. The program will have alot of valuable information for people of all ages.
    Newsmakers will Sunday, May 27th at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on WBRE-TV.
   The program will re-broadcast on Sunday, June 3rd at 5:30 a.m on WBRE-TV.
     Newsmakers will also air on Saturday, June 2nd at 6 a.m. on WYOU-TV.

For information:
The area agency on aging- 1-800-252-1512.

Area Agencies on Aging
Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna and Tioga
Carbon County
Clinton/Lycoming STEP Office of Aging
Columbia/Montour Aging Offices
Lackawanna County AAA
Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Bureau for Aging
Monroe County AAA
Northumberland County AAA
Pike County AAA
Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services
Union/Synder Agency on Aging INC
Wayne County AAA


Fear of retribution
Fear of placement
Lack of support system

Who are the abusers

Family members
Caretakers - paid or volunteer
Professionals hired by the elder - accountants, bankers, lawyers, doctors
Is there a new person involved in the elder's life, with no logical reason for being there,

Signs of Financial Exploitation

Significant withdrawals from the elder's accounts
Sudden changes in the elder's financial condition
Items or cash missing from the senior's household
Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies
Addition of names to the senior's signature card
Unpaid bills or lack of medical care, although the elder has enough money to pay for them
Financial activity the senior couldn't have done
Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions

For information:
The area agency on aging- 1-800-252-1512.

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