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Executive Director’s Message:

By Carolyn Reilly Would you help an elder who had fallen?  An elder who was having trouble opening a door?  What about an elder who was struggling to carry a package?  I bet you would.  These are very visible signs that a person needs help and it makes it easy to offer that help. But what about more subtle signs that an elder may need help?  What about an elder who used to walk in the neighborhood every day, but ever since that handyman started doing work around the property – no sign of your neighbor?  What about that elderly friend or family member who has many solicitation letters and other bulk mail offers spread out on the kitchen counter and now seems to be low on funds?  An elder who has someone borrowing the car and is now asking for rides? It may be hard to offer help in those situations, but it can be done by starting a friendly conversation and asking if your help is needed. ...

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Scam Alert

Focus on Scam Prevention By Carolyn Reilly, Executive Director Elder Law & Advocacy helps thousands of people each year, but there are more and more people who are falling for scams and fraud and these are folks we cannot help.  Why?  Because these crooks are rarely identified or located, even by law enforcement. Please review the flyer below and give some thought to one of the most successful and oldest scams in operation-the fake lottery scam.  If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this kind of manipulation, talk to them about it.  Because when they give their money to these crooks, it’s gone forever. Things to look for: Withdrawing larger amounts of money than usual and more often than usual Taking out a car registration loan or cash advance loan Receiving more phone calls than usual Acting in a secretive way SPEAK UP-You may help save someone’s financial...

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