Protect Week

Protect Week
Protecting older Americans from financial exploitation

A devastating statistic is that the average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. The good news is that there are ways to combat this type of disaster. Recognizing financial abuse as the most common type of elder abuse, and accepting responsibility as a first-line defense, Maryland nonprofit financial counseling agency, CCCSMD and AARP Maryland are leading a statewide awareness campaign in partnership with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Maryland Department of Aging, the Maryland Department of Human Services and a Coalition of state agencies and community partners to “Protect Older Americans from Financial Exploitation” — declared Protect Week. Explore our site to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

What is Protect Week?

Help Identify Fraud

Protect Week helps identify financial scams that target the elderly and bring them into the spotlight.

Events to Learn

Protect Week is a series of events in the community to learn and engage on the topic of scams aimed at the elderly.

Resources for Safety

Protect Week provides resources to the community to identify and report scams that target our communities.

During Protect Week, Marylanders will have an opportunity to learn about the many forms of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults via the resources of more than a dozen local and national partners including the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Office of the Comptroller, Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, Maryland Department of Aging, CCCSMD, AARP Maryland and AARP Fraud Watch Network, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, EverSafe and Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition.

Protect Week Articles

Protecting Your Parents from Abuse

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One of the most heartbreaking things to learn about is the abuse of older Americans.  When you first hear that this is an issue, it might not resonate with you. At the time, you may have older family members that are in good health and have…

Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that’s only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.

Elder Financial Exploitation

Each year, hundreds of cases of financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults are reported in Maryland.  The results can be devastating — emotionally and financially.  This, however, is estimated to be only a fraction of the thousands of cases that go unreported in our state.  Financial exploitation of seniors can be especially devastating because seniors have fewer, if any years, or employment to make up the funds they have lost to scammers and, in far too many cases, family and “friends.”

Register for Protect Week Events

Older Adults and Technology - June 3, 2021 10am-11am

Older Adults and Technology - June 3, 2021 10am-11am

Press Conference via Streamyard - June 14, 2021

Tele-Town Hall - June 15, 2021

Facebook Live: Top Scams Affecting Seniors - June 15

Stand Up & Take Your Power Back Tuesday, June 15th from 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m

In senior apartment buildings, senior centers and other places where older adults gather, aggressive members may taunt, intimidate or exclude others. What can you do if this happens to you or a friend? This session will explore ways for you to regain your sense of safety and security so that you can enjoy your home and leisure activities in peace.

Bullying and the Older Adult abuse - June 15, 2021

Tele-Town Hall - June 16, 2021

Financial Vulnerability and Decision-Making Webinar Thursday, June 17th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please join us for this seminar designed for financial planners, attorneys, accountants and other members of the financial planning community.       
Financial exploitation costs older Americans over $2.6 billion dollars annually. Older adults are often more vulnerable to financial exploitation due to changes in cognition, less familiarity with technology, and caregiving needs. This interactive training is designed to help financial professionals better protect and serve older adult clients.

Facebook Live: Why Scammers Love Gift Cards - June 18

Tele-Town Hall - June 18, 2021

A Collaborative Response to Supporting Elder Abuse Survivors in Maryland – June 22nd 2pm -3:30pm

In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ElderSAFE Center, CHANA and BC REST are hosting a webinar for professionals serving older adults. 10% of older adults experience abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. This abuse is most often perpetrated at the hands of someone the older adults knows and trusts, like a family member or a spouse. This workshop will discuss the complex dynamics of elder abuse within the family, including best practices for safety planning. Professionals will learn about different services available to elder abuse victims in Maryland, including the elder abuse shelter movement.

A Collaborative Response to Supporting Elder Abuse Survivors in Maryland Tuesday June 22nd from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

C REST, CHANA, and ElderSAFE Center are partnering to host a webinar for professionals serving older adults. This workshop will discuss the complex dynamics of elder abuse within the family, including best practices for safety planning. Professionals will learn about different services available to elder abuse victims in Maryland, including the elder abuse shelter movement. CEUs are pending.

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Speak Up

Get Help Now!
Suspect You or Someone You Know Are a Victim of Fraud?

Emergency

In Immediate Danger? Call 9-1-1

Maryland Department of Human Services

Adult Protective Services Program

For victims who lack the physical or mental capacity to provide for themselves, call:
1-800-332-6347 or
1-800-91-PREVENT
(1-800-917-7383)

Department of Justice

To Report Suspected Abuse, Call the Department of Justice
(833) 372-8311 (or 833-FRAUD11)

Interview with the Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot

Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot, answers four questions about PROTECT Week and what it means to him and his organization. Watch as he answers the following:

  1. Why is protecting older Americans from financial exploitation important to you and your organization?
  2. What is your office doing to support the mission of PROTECT Week?
  3. Do you have any first or secondhand experience with financial exploitation that motivates you to participate in PROTECT Week?
  4. Do you have tips you want to share to help older Americans protect themselves from financial abuse?

Message from the
Maryland Attorney General
Brian Frosh

Message from the
Comptroller of Maryland
Peter Franchot

Protect Week is brought to you by the following agencies and organizations

CCCSMD
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Commissioner of Financial Regulation State of Maryland.

Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation,
Maryland Department of Labor

Elder Safe. Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
Maryland Volunteer. Lawyers. Service.

Financial Sponsor

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