Safety in the Golden Years
Sunday, October 20, 2013 – Saturday, October 31, 2013
Senior citizens represent the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the United States according to the 2010 Census. One in every eight Americans is currently age 65 or older, a total of more than 33.6 million. Due to the natural consequences of aging, some seniors can be more vulnerable to certain crimes like elder abuse and fraud. Seniors—along with their family members, loved ones, and caregivers—can learn how to prevent crimes against seniors to help them get the “golden years” they deserve.
Seniors Radio Ad: This radio-ready public service announcement emphasizes
the need for friends and loved ones of seniors to be vigilant for signs of
potential elder abuse (available in 30 second and 60 second formats)
Hard to Believe Radio Ad: This radio-ready public service announcement illustrates that elder abuse may not be as rare as people think and can help prevent elder abuse in your community (available in 30 second and 60 second formats)
- Elder Abuse Rapid Response Flier: This
ready-to-use print tool gives tips on how to spot and respond to suspected
elder abuse (available in palm card, flier, and poster sizes)
- Improving Public Safety Series Podcast on
Senior Crime: This
informative podcast features Doug Shadel, Senior State Director of AARP, as he
describes helpful ways seniors and their families can protect themselves from
The Call: This radio-ready public service announcement provides useful tips on how to avoid becoming a scam victim (available in 30 second and 60 second formats).
Elder Financial Fraud News Segment: This video highlights the prevalence and severity of elder financial fraud and provides tips on how to avoid being scammed.
“School for Scoundrels” TV Ad: This public service announcement ad works with the Seniors and Telemarketing Fraud 101 booklet to teach seniors how to avoid scams.
Crime Print Tool: This
reproducible print outreach tool gives tips on how seniors can foil “scoundrels
and scams” (available in flier, palm card, and poster size)
Fraud 101: Smart Tips for Investors”: This booklet explains how seniors can avoid falling victim to investment
Seniors and Telemarketing Fraud 101: This booklet is designed to help you sort through telemarketing offers so you can better recognize scams. It will also tell you about a variety of things you can do if you get one of these calls.
Use Common Sense to Spot a Con Brochure: This brochure provides insight into how to avoid commonly used cons.
Online Auction Fraud Brochure: This brochure explains how you can avoid online auction scams on websites like eBay.
Charitable Giving Done Wisely: This document explains how you can make sure your good intentions and charitable donations don’t play into the hands of scammers.
“Urgent and Confidential” – the Nigerian Letter Scam: This short document will outline the Nigerian letter scam, a fraud trick that has been around for decades and is circulated via letter, email, and fax. Read more to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of this scam.
“Avoiding Investment Fraud”: If an investment sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. This short document provides tips on how to avoid putting your money into a “sure thing” fraud.
General Senior Safety
with Older Americans:
This short document provides general tips for keeping seniors physically and
Safer Seniors Brochure: This reproducible brochure gives useful tips to seniors on how to stay safe while out and about, while at home, and while considering financial transactions (available in English and Spanish)
Senior Citizens Against Crime Brochure: This reproducible brochure provides a wide range of crime prevention tips for senior citizens.
- Geriatric Pocket Doc– This handy pocket guide on common geriatric conditions, medications, and signs of abuse was created by the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Useful for social workers, law enforcement, and other professional who may encounter elder abuse, this resource is “like having a doctor in your pocket!”