Senior Medicare Patrol - October News, New Resources

October, 2014 Monthly News – New Resources

                                                   Permission granted to AAAs to reprint these articles with credit given to Iowa SMP. 

This document was supported, in part, by Grant #90MP0161-03, from the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services.  Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration on Aging policy.      

Elder Justice Website Unveiled by U.S. Department of Justice

            In an effort to help prevent elder abuse and financial exploitation by raising awareness with easily accessible information, the Justice Department recently launched www.justice.gov/elderjustice.  The intended audiences are

  • victims of elder abuse,
  • concerned family members and caregivers,
  • practitioners who serve victims,
  • law enforcement and prosecuting agencies and
  • researchers. 

“Pass it On” – Federal Trade Commission Urges Everyone to Share Information about Scams

            The FTC knows the power of word of mouth and how much everyone relies upon information from trusted family, friends and neighbors.  They created a new campaign and website to encourage people to share information that will help protect others from scams.  www.ftc.gov/passiton  has easy to understand information about

  • health care scams,
  • identity theft,
  • imposter scams
  • paying too much,
  • charity fraud,
  • “you’ve won” scams. 

News distributed by Deb Yankey, Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A), Waterloo, IA,  dyankey@nei3a.org

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