Since 2006, June 15 has been recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This year, we partnered with NAPSA by sponsoring the breakfast for the 3rd Global Summit on World Elder Abuse Awareness. Several FSI staff members also attended the Summit.
The event, titled “Empowering People at Every Level: Every Age, Every Stage,” was attended by national and international elder abuse prevention leaders, national policy makers, advocates, financial services institutions, media, social services organizations as well as the general public, who all are committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.
In 2014, we launched our Elder Abuse Resource Center, which is aimed at educating our members on the issue of elder financial abuse and provides red flags to look for that may indicate financial abuse along with a wealth of other helpful materials for advisers to protect their clients. The resource center also provides a one-stop point of reference on the appropriate agencies and organizations to reporting abuse to for all 50 states. This information is vital in assisting our members in fighting the proliferation of elder abuse.
FSI is proud to be involved in such a worthy cause. Members, regulators and legislators have already all made such great strides with this issue.