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Elder Law Clinic hosts program to help fight financial fraud

The Elder Law Clinic of Wake Forest University School of Law is planning a public program on financial fraud issues facing the elderly from 2-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2010, in the Sticht Center Auditorium at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature expert speakers discussing various aspects of the problems facing today’s elderly. Light refreshments will be served and parking will be validated.

The first wave of Baby Boomers will be reaching the age of 65 in 2011.

“This growing population will often be targets of financial exploitation,” said Kate Mewhinney, Elder Law Clinic director. “That is why it is particularly important to raise awareness for these issues and arm people with the know-how to handle predatory behavior.”

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Hal Atkinson, a geriatrician from the Sticht Center,
  • Cathy Wilson, a social worker from WFUBMC Psychiatry,
  • Debbie Hall, director of Senior Financial Care, part of Consumer Credit Counseling,
  • John Maron of the N.C. Secretary of State’s office from Raleigh (to discuss investment fraud), and
  • Detective Scott Sluder from the Winston-Salem Police Department.

There will be a question-and-answer period for the members of the audience.

Area organizations will have representatives to inform the public about available resources. Participating organizations include:

  • Adult Protective Services of the Forsyth County Department of Social Services,
  • AARP,
  • Better Business Bureau,
  • North Carolina Department of Justice,
  • Senior Services, and
  • Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, please contact third-year law student Charlotte Kim or Professor Mewhinney at (336)713-8630.