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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Free webinar announced to help kupuna combat online scams

The Maui County Office on Aging and the Maui County Council on Aging announce a virtual webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Outsmart Cyber Crime!” is sponsored by the Hawai’i Department of Health Executive Office on Aging and AARP Hawaii. To register, visit https://aarp.cventevents.com/event/136e67ae-dace-4575-9b86-685c77d19d31/summary or the AARP website at https://states.aarp.org/hawaii/.

Elder financial abuse and exploitation deprive older Americans of an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually. The FBI reports that, in 2020, people in Hawaii lost $1.8 million to romance scams, $2.3 million to tech support scams and $1.6 million to investment scams. Elder abuse also leads to health care and legal costs.

The Maui County Office on Aging encourages everyone to wear purple on Wednesday to show their support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Supporters can also take the #WEADD615 Challenge and show how they can prevent elder abuse.

World Elder Abuse Day was launched on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The event aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

For more information about the webinar or to learn more about programs and services provided through the Maui County Office on Aging, call (808) 270-7774 or visit www.mauicountyadrc.org.

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