Conference to focus on financial abuse of seniors


POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2009

“;Elder Financial Abuse: The Crime of the 21st Century”; will be the opening address at a Hawaii Anti-Fraud Conference April 25 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

Mary Twomey, co-director of the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect, University of California, Irvine, will be the guest speaker.

The state Executive Office on Aging and Senior Medicare Patrol Hawaii are sponsoring the event, “;Protect, Detect, Report,”; with the City and County of Honolulu's Elderly Affairs Division.

The conference, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on exploitation of seniors in fraudulent health care and financial schemes.

Speakers will provide tips to protect seniors from fraud, information on how to detect different types of fraud, and advice on how and to whom to report fraud.

C. Kimo Alameda, director, Office of Multicultural Services, Adult Mental Health Division, state Department of Health, will give the closing address, “;Be What You Want to See.”;

The registration deadline is April 20. The cost is $10 for seniors age 60 and older and $30 for nonseniors. The fee includes a continental breakfast, late-morning snack and conference materials.

Program and registration information is available at the Executive Office on Aging, 586-0100. Information also is available at hawaii.gov/health/eoa and www.elderlyaffairs.com.