Alexandria, VA – In a February 2022 short survey, AARP asked adults 50 and older and family caregivers about their experiences losing money to a scam. Nearly one-fifth (17%) of adults 50-plus say that an older loved one has experienced a scam and lost money. More than half (54%) of those lost more than $1,000. A similar percentage of family caregivers (19%) say that their care recipient had lost money due to a scam. (Online AARP Research, February 2022)
This happens every day to older adults, and education is one way to help people understand the risks of falling victim to a scammer. Senior Services of Alexandria’s October 20 workshop will feature experts from AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force to talk about scams and frauds, including recent scamming scenarios and how to recognize a potential scam or fraud.
Senior technology is another critical topic for older adults. According to US News and World Report, an increase in technology use among older Americans is not entirely unexpected. Seniors are yearning to use more technology in all aspects of their lives, especially health care, but also in continuing education and fitness programs.
Knowing what technology is available and how to utilize it can help older adults stay connected to their families and communities. There will be a discussion about the latest technologies, including “grandpads,” an easy-to-use tablet designed for older adults.
The in-person workshop takes place on Thursday, October 20, from 10 -11:30 am at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street. It is a free event, open to the public, with plenty of parking. Registration is required either online at www.seniorservicesalex.org or by calling SSA at 703-836-414, ext. 110. We hope to see you at this very informative workshop.