The Day – Groton Senior Center to hold Nov. 19 workshop on financial exploitation of older adults

Groton — The Groton Senior Center will hold a Nov. 19 workshop on preventing financial exploitation of older adults.

The Seniors Cautious About Money (S.C.A.M.) program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the senior center, located at 102 Newtown Road. The workshop will cover the reasons seniors are at risk for financial scams, types of financial scams, how seniors can protect themselves and what steps they can take if financial fraud has occurred.

The Groton Senior Center, which received a grant as part of a partnership between the National Council on Aging and Walmart, is one of four senior centers nationally that is developing a pilot program to prevent financial exploitation of older adults.

The senior center held three workshops in September and this upcoming session will be the last one of 2019. Registration is required at (860) 441-6785.

“Older adults are being targeted by scammers in many ways, from online rip-offs to fraud and outright theft from people close to them,” Senior Center Supervisor Mary Jo Riley said in a statement. “Providing educational programs at the Groton Senior Center is an important safeguard for older adults in Groton and New London County to protect their retirement savings. We are honored to implement the pilot program and hope that senior centers in our region will be able to learn from it to expand their financial education. Older adults are in no position to lose even a penny of their hard-earned savings to fraud, and we are confident this evidence-based program will protect them.”

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