Fraud seminar Friday at Austintown Senior Center

AUSTINTOWN — Representatives from the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Ohio Department of Aging Director Beverly Laubert and local experts will take part in a Mahoning Valley anti-fraud-exploitation senior forum on Friday at the Austintown Senior Center.

Participants will discuss measures to empower and protect older adults during two panel discussions from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 112 Westchester Drive.

The panel will address protection initiatives, and the second panel will discuss advocacy and services available. The event is free and open to the public.

Elder financial abuse and fraud costs older Americans $36.5 billion per year. Besides the financial cost, the National Council on Aging reports that elders who have been abused have a 300 percent higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated, said Lisa Solley, director of communications with AAA11.

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