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Financial Literacy & Consumer Protection (Scams) Workshops Coming in June & July!

Connections Area Agency on Aging works every day to enhance the quality of life for elders in our service area through education, planning and coordination of services. We are excited to partner with Iowa Insurance Division and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division to educate Older Iowans in Financial Wellness.

Sonya Sellmeyer, Iowa Insurance Division will share helpful insight regarding financial matters related specifically to women as women have different financial needs than men. Differences include earning and working less and often have less financial education support. No matter your financial status, age or stage in life, the importance of money management for women can’t be overlooked.

Investigator Al Perales of the Consumer Protection Division with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office will assist Iowans with consumer protection issues, including providing information on how to spot and protect themselves from fraud.  The Consumer Protection Division can answer consumer questions regarding identifying price gouging, hiring contractors, avoiding scams, and other issues, and can take consumer complaints.

Connections Area Agency on Aging is excited to share some awareness activities that are scheduled throughout our service area:

Financial Literacy for Women Workshops with Iowa Insurance Division:

Monday June 13, 11a-2pm, Siouxland Center for Active Generations, 313 Cook Street, Sioux City, IA 51103 Register here

Thursday June 30, 11a-2p, Creston Food Pantry Event Center, 417 Wyoming Street, Creston, IA 50801 Register here

Fraud Presentations with Iowa Attorney General’s Office

Wednesday, July 13, 11:30a-1p Supertel Inn & Conference Center, 800 Laurel Street, Creston Iowa 50801 Register here

Monday, July 18. 11:30 a-1p, Siouxland Center for Active Generations, 313 Cook St., Sioux City, Iowa 51103 Register here

Wednesday, July 27, 12:30 p-2p, Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Register here

Connections Area Agency on Aging offers many services to keep Older Iowans safe such as individual and community scam and/or abuse education. We offer support to Older Iowans on filing a report of a scam, sharing the information that is needed for the report, and creating a plan to prevent the scam/abuse from happening again. Sometimes the survivor of the scam may need assistance from Connections to help pay their bills or purchase needed medications if they lost money to a scam and now instead of being worried about how to stay in their home, can seek appropriate solutions.  We can help Older Iowans and their family arrange future planning such as completing power of attorney forms and/or applying for needed benefits and services. “I have had many families share they are thankful for our services to help their loved ones stay in their home and help them stay safe physically, emotionally and financially. We are often called ‘angels’ as many individuals and families are not aware we are here to help,” stated Tasha Jones, Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program Specialist.

Get more information about how to make a difference or if you believe that you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse visit or call us at 1-800-432-9209 to explore local community services and supports.

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