Stetson College of Law Targets Elder Crime

04/21/10 Tom Baur
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Florida’s elderly are suffering abuse from all directions: family members and sneaky neighbors steal their money and valuables; cyber-thieves scam elderly for their pass-codes; crafty telemarketers trick the elderly into charging bogus goods and services onto their credit cards. Yesterday, Stetson University College of Law hosted its Elder Consumer Protection Expo to help seniors arm themselves against crime and abuse.

The Expo included exhibitor booths with representatives from consumer agencies, shredding services, do-not-call registration kiosks, and several brief presentations. Stetson Law graduate and Elder Consumer Protection Fellow Slade Dukes said the expo aims to educate the elderly consumer.

Maybe the greatest indignity for the elderly is to grow old alone when dementia sets in. The house falls apart, bills go unpaid, and personal hygiene lacks attention. Then, criminals move in for the strike. The Florida Department of Children and Families sometimes are called when an elderly person is not taking care of themselves. Christopher Greene with the department gets many of these self neglect calls.

St Petersburg senior resident Willie N Harris attended the Expo and has seen elder abuse in her community.

To report Elder Abuse Call 1-800-96ABUSE

The Stetson College of Law will hold their next Bay Area Elder Consumer Protection Expo on October 26.

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