Seniors are vulnerable to abuse at many levels, including financial.
That's why the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network (PEAPN), in partnership with the Canadian Association of Retiring Persons (CARP), is hosting a conference for older adults called Money $mart$ For Seniors.
The daylong event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 4 at the Mississauga Convention Centre (75 Derry Road W.).
Guest speakers include Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans and barrister and solicitor Judith Wahl, who is also executive director of Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE).
The conference provides older adults with information, resources and tools to protect and grow their nest egg. It will also bring attention to common scams that target seniors living in Mississauga and Brampton, and provide residents with strategies and tips to protect them from becoming victims.
One of the most common forms of elder abuse is financial. The daylong expo hopes to highlight how seniors can protect their assets and not fall victim to mistreatment, often at the hands of a loved one or caregiver.
Several workshops will be offered on topics including wills and estate planning, understanding powers of attorney, wealth management strategies, tax planning tips, understanding housing options as you age, and downsizing your home and preparing to sell.
There will be 40+ exhibitors from the financial services industry, government, police, non-profit organizations and businesses that provide a wide variety of services to older adults.
The event is sponsored by RBC, SunLife Financial, the Investor’s Group and Right at Home Realty. All funds raised will help support PEAPN’s Safe Housing Program for abused seniors in crisis. It will be launched later in 2014.
PEAPN’s third Public Service Announcement called “Scams Wow 3”, which brings attention to common Internet scams, will also be launched on this day. It has been produced in partnership with Peel Regional Police with the support of Peel Crime Stoppers.
More than 300 seniors are expected at the expo, whichis funded by the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The Expo is free for older adults 55+, and lunch can be purchased online for $10 at www.peapn.ca, or at the door for $15.
PEAPN is a collaborative of 50+ community agencies that are working together to stop and prevent the abuse of seniors in our communities.
For more information, go to www.peapn.ca
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