Perhaps not surprisingly, financial exploitation is the fastest-growing form of elder abuse.
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and the Senior Law Center will host a "financial wellness" fair from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at First Corinthian Baptist Church, 5101 Pine St. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
At the seminar "Healthy Mind, Healthy Wallet," seniors will be able to ask questions about how to keep their money and assets safe, learn about the latest financial scams and how to make good financial decisions as they age, and find out which resources might be available.
The Senior Law Center's Dana Goldberg will be one of the featured speakers.
If you can't attend, call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging for more information. PCA also operates a website devoted to senior-scam prevention, www.stopseniorscams.org.
An estimated 19,000 Philadelphians age 60 and older are financially exploited each year. For every case reported, an estimated 44 go unreported, said Joseph Snyder, director of PCA's Older Adult Protective Services.
Signs of elder financial abuse include changes in typical checking and banking patterns, uncharacteristic attempts to wire large sums of money, and sudden insufficient funds. Often, adult children or spouses are the perpetrators.
Confidential calls to report elder abuse may be made by anyone, including the older adult in need. In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to PCA's Older Adult Protective Services 24/7 by calling the PCA help line at 215-765-9040.
You can also call the Senior Law Helpline (877- 727-7529 or 215-988-1242) or visit the center's offices at Two Penn Center, 1500 JFK Blvd., Center City.
The financial-wellness fair is presented by the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force, a group of local agencies that aims to prevent, detect, investigate, recover assets, and prosecute financial elder abuse; train law enforcement, social workers, banks and community agencies about elder financial abuse; and raise awareness of elder financial abuse.