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Maine's elder abuse training set for Wednesday
AUGUSTA, Maine (3/11/14)--A Maine-based program to train credit union personnel on how to prevent and identify different types of elder abuse will take place Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

The event, developed by the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) and the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, was rescheduled from last month due to inclement weather. Registration is still open.

The program, titled "Preventing Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: The Role of Financial Institutions," is a free, three-hour training session and is available to all credit union staff.

"Credit unions are all too familiar with our senior members falling victim to financial fraud, either through 'foreign lottery' types of scams or theft by family or caregivers," league board member Kyle Casburn, president/CEO of $109 million-asset Seaboard FCU, Bucksport, told News Now Jan. 23. "Credit unions have an opportunity to use our collective resources to educate our members on fraud and provide tips on monitoring our loved one's accounts."

The training will help employees identify red flags and signs of financial exploitation with older members; determine when it's appropriate to report an incident to Adult Protective Services or other agencies; and decide when to refer members to community-based resources.

Speakers will include Jaye Martin, executive director, Legal Services for the Elderly; John Barr, deputy superintendent, Bureau of Financial Institutions; Doreen McDaniel, director, Adult Protective Services; Jessica Maurer, executive director, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and Judith Shaw, administrator, Maine Office of Securities.

To register, use the resource link, or email serlandson@mainecul.org.
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