World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Everyone has a right to safety and justice. However, it is estimated that millions of older adults, from all walks
of life encounter harmful scams every year. We want to provide the necessary supports needed to keep
everyone safe and engaged as we age. Here are some tips to keep yourself and others protected:

 

1. Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov.

2. When no longer needed, shred junk mail, old bills, bank statements and any other documents that
have personal identifying information.

3. Don’t give out personal information over the phone unless you originated the call and you know with
whom you are talking. Particularly safeguard your social security number.

4. It is ok to be rude. If a sales person calls you or comes to your door who does not seem to be taking no
for an answer, it is ok to terminate the conversation. Hang up the phone or close the door. You don’t
have to let yourself be pressured into anything.

5. Never sign something that you don’t understand. Have a trusted and unbiased professional assist you
when enter contracts or signing legal documents.

6. If you hire someone for personal assistance services, in home care services, etc. ensure that they have
been properly screened with criminal background checks completed.

7. Learn about scams and stay informed

Reporting Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation – Click the link below.

Adult Protective Services & Guardianship | Department of Health and Human Services (maine.gov)

 

All information in this blog post belongs to WEAAD.

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