FAIRFIELD- State Reps. Tony Hwang (R-134 Fairfield & Trumbull) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132 Fairfield) co-hosted a collaborative informational forum June 7th on Senior Fraud and Abuse Prevention with the AARP, the Jewish Senior Services Center of Elder Abuse Awareness Prevention and the Fairfield Police Department.
The forum was held at the Fairfield Senior Center was held to raise awareness and inform the public in advance of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 14th.
The forum included a several presentations on ways to identify and stop elder abuse and fraud. AARP had one of their fraud incidences and prevention experts speak to the crowd. A presentation was also given by Laura Snow of the Jewish Senior Services Center of Elder Awareness Prevention and by Chief Gary MacNamara of the Fairfield Police Department.
The legislators, Hwang and Kupchick, also discussed legislation passed the last two years addressing any abuse or fraud perpetrated on the senior population in Connecticut, including electric rate protection, safeguards on price gouging during storms, and adding texts messages to the state’s Do Not Call List.
“This forum is the exact kind of collaborative teamwork we need to educate Fairfield seniors on Senior Fraud and Abuse Prevention. There are many scams and frauds attempted by criminals aimed at our most vulnerable population, our seniors, and we need to make sure they are protected,” said Fairfield Police Department Chief MacNamara.
Teresa Giegengack Fairfield Senior Center Director said, “This was a vital topic for the seniors in Fairfield to hear and learn about from experts in the field. I want to thank both Brenda and Tony for hosting this informational forum.”