MAINE GOVERNOR SIGNS ORDER FOCUSED ON COMBATING ELDER ABUSE
Maine’s governor, Janet Mills, signed an order this month to address elder abuse by creating a collaboration of agencies that will focus on the growing problem. The “Elder Justice Coordinating Partnership” will include officials from government agencies as well as aging and advocacy organizations, and will work together to strategize and discuss potential solutions that involve the public and private sectors—to prevent and respond to elder abuse, according to a press release. The governor expects to receive recommendations regarding “education, public policy, data collection and evaluation and any legislative changes” by the end of next year.
FTC‘S REPORT COMPARES FRAUD REPORTS FROM OLDER V. YOUNGER CONSUMERS
New research from the Federal Trade Commission found that older adults, age 60 and older, are less likely to report losing money to fraud than younger victims. The amount of money they report losing, however, is on the rise. Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019: A Report of the Federal Trade Commission includes an analysis of consumer complaints to the FTC. In 2018, seniors were less likely than younger adults to report fraud incidents. According to the report, “Younger adults reported losing money more often, but older consumers reported much higher dollar losses.” The research also suggested that seniors were more likely than younger customers to be victimized in certain types of scams. For instance, they were “…more than three times more likely to report losses to impostor fraud where someone was impersonating a friend or family member. Prize, sweepstakes, and lottery scams showed a more than two-fold difference as well.”