This month, we are running a series of blog posts to urge British Columbians to be aware and report financial abuse involving seniors. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurs every June 15 and Seniors’ Week in BC was June 3 to 9. We encourage you to share these posts with friends, family, or people who work with the elderly to bring attention to the issue.

In this post, we will introduce you to some websites that provide information about elder abuse and resource links where you can get help. Remember, if you are concerned about an investment or an individual who is selling investments, give us a call or report it online through our website.

Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA)

The CSA provides a number of brochures on the Investor Tools section of its website. Sandwich Generation: Are you caught in the middle? and Scam Artists Pursue Adults over 50 are two publications that provide information related to retirees and the elderly.

Canadian Bar Association: BC Branch

This page provides legal information for seniors on a variety of topics related to finances and their rights. It also provides links to publications that outline benefits and services available to seniors.

Canadian Centre for Elder Law

This national, non-profit was established in 2003 by the B.C. Law Institute. The CCEL publishes a journal and provides resources for public use. A project called Financial 101: Protect Yourself! is a self-contained workshop that can be used to train volunteers to deliver financial literacy to older adults. The CCEL’s resource page also provides links to a number of informative resources.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy Support

This non-profit raises awareness about elder abuse, and provides programs to its clients. The centre provides an information line, victim services, and legal resources. It also does education outreach.

Victimsinfo.ca

This is an online resource for victims and witnesses of crime in BC. The Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults page give a step-by-step guide on what to do and where you can go for support. The website also provides a number of links to organization and services for seniors.

Suggested Reading

In Your Community - February 2014

BC Securities Enforcement Roundup – October 2012

Investor Watch: Subprime mortgage crisis

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