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For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2014
Media Contact:
Gregory Baker
gbaker@miamidade.gov
305-375-4193

Miami-Dade County partners with several organizations to hold an Elder Financial Abuse Symposium on legal and ethical issues


(MIAMI, March 10, 2014) -- NO EXCUSE for FINANCIAL ABUSE is the inaugural Elder Financial Abuse Symposium of the Older Adults Financial Protection Consortium of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  This brainchild of the Alliance for Aging, Inc., will be held at F.I.U.’s School of Law, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This event begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:00 A.M.  At

9: 00 A.M. the programs opens with Keynote Speaker Hubert “Skip” Humphrey III, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Senior Liaison and Former Assistant Director for Older Americans, a champion in this arena.  The symposium that follows will feature panel discussions and innovative open sessions with notable guests such as:  Professor of Elder Law, Stetson University - Roberta Flowers; Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, Deputy Chief  Assistant for Special Prosecution, Division Chief of Economic Crimes - Frederic A. Kerstein; AARP Education and Outreach Project Advisor - Rosa Angelica Maymi; Federal Trade Commission Midwest Director - C. Steven Baker; and, Securities and Exchange Commission Regional Director - Eric Bustillo.  The Panel’s moderator is former Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Consumer Advocate – Leonard Elias.

Telephone solicitations, appliance repairmen, the internet… can become their foes.  Elders and dependent adults are vulnerable and can be easy prey when it comes to financial exploitation.  Unfortunately, the numbers do not do the problem justice.  It is estimated that only 1 in every 25 cases are reported.  Why?  A lack of understanding and consequences, damages that result from elder financial abuse or, a lack of empathy toward the victims?  The right answer- all of the above. 

Please join us, be part of an exciting learning opportunity for professionals (CLE’s will be offered), as well as seniors and family caregivers, to share information and best practices to stop the financial abuse and exploitation of elders.

Registration, continental breakfast and networking begin at 8:00 AM, by reservation only.  For more information or reservations, contact: Clyde Fleming, 305-670-6500, ext. 11252 or Maria Scotto, Director of Healthy Aging Programs, 305-670-6500, ext. 11283.