Seniors are vulnerable to financial abuse and fraud, when someone they know and trust tries to control or misuse their assets. Seniors are often at particular risk because of accumulated wealth, the potential for diminished capacity, and isolation or dependence on others to help with finances, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) said in a media release.
Understanding how to prevent financial elder abuse and fraud is important for elders and their loved ones, the library stated, noting that next month includes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
In June, Claire Kadwell, a local lawyer experienced in estate and capacity law, will share tips on guarding against financial elder abuse and fraud, in partnership with KFPL. Kadwell is offering online sessions on June 11 and 14, 2022, the week of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which is on June 15.
“Having Claire discuss this difficult topic will hopefully start conversations and lead to action,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “Knowing what legal recourse is available will help people defend themselves and aging community members.”
Library patrons can register online or over the phone, 613-549-8888, for one of two identical sessions:
- Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. – register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6351619
- Tuesday, June 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. – register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6351620
Recently, Kingston Police and the Ontario Provincial Police have raised awareness of telephone scams targeting senior citizens in the area and across the province. Learn more about those scams here and here.