Every year, older Americans lose an estimated $36.5 billion dollars to financial exploitation, abuse and scams, which is destroying the security of older adults and their families. By the year 2030, one out of every five Hoosiers will be age 65 or older, according to population projections by the Indiana Business Research Center. Having so many older adults in Indiana creates a “growing marketplace for those who may be looking to take advantage of vulnerable adults,” says Chris Naylor with the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. This is why the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging (IAAAA) has partnered with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State and other experts in fraud prevention to form the Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation (IN-CASE).
IAAAA’s Senior Medicare Patrol Program is already a leader of Medicare fraud prevention education and routinely receives reports of suspected Medicare fraud. As a trusted source, it also receives reports of other types of fraud and abuse. That’s why IAAAA, in conjunction with the Indiana Secretary of State, is leading this endeavor with partners including the Indiana FSSA Division of Aging, Indiana Attorney General, Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana, AARP Indiana, Indiana Legal Services, and other state, public and private organizations to amplify the efforts of ending all types of fraud and abuse targeting older Hoosiers.
IN-CASE began more than four years ago when IAAAA’s Senior Medicare Patrol program director began hosting a networking group of government agencies and organizations that serve older adults and/or have a mission to educate them and their caregivers on how to prevent all types of fraud. The mission of IN-CASE is to empower Indiana communities to prevent and end senior exploitation and abuse through education, encouragement and empowerment.
Recognizing the creation of IN-CASE, Indiana Governor Holcomb has declared the week of June 9th as Indiana Elder Abuse Awareness Week, which culminates in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15.
IN-CASE is participating and/or hosting several statewide events during this week with expert panelists to teach you and your loved ones how to avoid getting scammed or defrauded. To learn more about these events and IN-CASE, please visit our website at www.in-case.org.