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Peter Lichtenberg

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lisa French for the information in this story.)

Learn more about how you can protect yourself or a loved one from elder abuse on April 14 at Chelsea Retirement’s Community’s Dancey House Theatre from 6:30-8 p.m.

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation is sponsoring this free educational forum featuring Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D.

Lichtenberg is the director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University and clinical core co-Leader of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC), University of Michigan.  He’s an expert in geriatric psychology as well as a national leader in addressing health disparities in elderly minority populations.

His talk will offer ways seniors can safeguard themselves from financial fraud and exploitation.  More and more the topic of financial exploitation of seniors is in the news.  It is the fastest growing form of elder abuse, and The National Council on Aging estimates a cost to older Americans of nearly $3 billion annually.

According to Consumers Digest, at least 5 million cases of financial abuse take place each year; yet, only about 1 in 25 crimes are reported to law enforcement or government officials.

UMRC Foundation President Wendy Brightman states why this Educational Forum is so important:  “Recently, I was saddened to learn about one of our residents was the victim of identity theft.  She was preyed upon and suffered tremendous financial losses as a result.  I pray that this presentation will help our residents and members of the community gain valuable knowledge about how to protect themselves.  The UMRC Foundation is passionate and committed to promoting the wellness, dignity, and independence of seniors.  This public forum will impact the lives of seniors in a meaningful way.”

Seating is limited so please reserve your seat by contacting Amy Craig, UMRC Foundation office manager, at 734-433-1000 ext. 2 or by e-mail at acraig@umrc.com.

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