WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, at 3:00pm ET, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association and the National Aging in Place Council will host Strategies for Keeping Older Adults Safe From Financial Predators, a free online tutorial open to all professionals committed to the financial safety and well-being of seniors.
Each year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. According to the Administration for Community Living, for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.
"As professionals who work closely with older adults, we have a special responsibility to be able to recognize the signs of elder abuse, especially of financial exploitation, and provide victims with resources to find the help they need," said NRMLA President and CEO Peter Bell. "The June 15 webinar is an approved continuing education course for NRMLA members seeking or holding our Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional designation, but given the importance of the material, we are partnering with our NAIPC colleagues to open the class to all interested professionals at no charge."
NAIPC Executive Director Marty Bell said, "We are a network of professionals devoted to older adults whose desire is to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. To best meet seniors' needs, our members evaluate their cognitive, mobility and confidence issues, which require a heightened and necessary sensitivity to understand. In some unfortunate situations, our members have peeled back the layers and found that a senior is being mistreated, taken advantage of, or even scammed."
The free webinar will be led by Lorraine Geraci, a professional trainer and member of NRMLA's Education Committee. With real world examples, Lorraine will explain the different types of financial abuse, describe common scams and fraud perpetrated against seniors, help attendees recognize the warning signs of abuse and exploitation, and also provide participants with a list of resources for reporting abuse and support for victims.
"Lorraine Geraci is an industry veteran who's been there with seniors, and with her excellent class, she provides attendees with the information and insight they need to quickly recognize the signs of financial exploitation and to report any abuses appropriately," said Marty Bell.
What: Free Webinar: Strategies for Keeping Older Adults Safe from Financial Predators
When: June 15, 2016, 3:00pm ET
Learn more and register: NRMLAonline.org
WEAAD was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
About the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) is the national voice for the industry and represents the lenders, loan servicers, credit unions, and housing counseling agencies responsible for more than 90 percent of reverse mortgage transactions in the United States. All NRMLA member companies commit themselves to a Code of Ethics & Professional Responsibility. Learn more at www.nrmlaonline.org.
About the National Aging in Place Council
The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) is a not-for-profit senior support network. NAIPC was founded on the belief that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible. Together we can create widespread awareness among America's Seniors of the Aging-in-Place alternative and of the services available to them. Learn more at www.ageinplace.org.
Jenny Werwa, 202-939-1783, email@example.com
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
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