Aging exposes us to a range of new legal issues, from estate planning to avoiding scams and abuse. Whether you are beginning to face these decisions for yourself or your loved ones, it’s crucial to get good advice and learn about what resources are available to navigate these new waters.
This is why we are excited to be a part of Senior Law Day again this year, presented by the Jefferson & Gilpin Counties District Attorney’s office.
Senior Law Day 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Colorado Christian University
8787 W. Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226
The day will include workshops that range from avoid frauding to dealing with various legal issues that arise with aging, like estate planning and end of life issues. Come hear from experts and learn about what is available to help you age safely and with dignity.
Find out more about Senior Law Day.
Whether you can make it Saturday or not, please educate yourself for your own sake and that of those you love. Below are a few online resources and you can always contact the JeffCo District Attorney at 303-271-6970 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about scams and elder abuse.
Seniors are increasingly the targets of scams and abuse We receive requests daily for help and information on these two issues. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA),
“Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” “
Scams range from fake insurance offers and counterfeit drugs to internet fraud to investment schemes. Scammers will even fake being grandchildren to gain personal information over the phone. One of the most common ones currently is fake calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The NCOA has a list on their website and if you search for “fraud” on AARP.org, you’ll find even more descriptions. When in doubt about any offer or solicitation, check it out first.
Elder abuse has become such a big issue that the District Attorney’s office has its own Elder Abuse Unit. In Colorado, there is even a law requiring some professionals to report signs of abuse. This is a growing problem nation-wide. Elder abuse can entail emotional or physical abuse, as well as financial exploitation and abandonment. Sadly, it is often perpetrated by those closest to a vulnerable older adult.
The NCOA’s fact sheet gives a great overview of definitions, causes and what to do to recognize and prevent elder abuse.