Partnership designed to fight elder abuse
CHARLESTON — A new collaboration between the office of the West Virginia Attorney General and the Cabell County Community Services Organization aims to bring needed information to the doorsteps of local senior citizens.
The partnership will open another channel of communication with elderly individuals who rely on the Cabell County program to deliver food to their homes, ensuring that meal recipients also receive information that explains the red flags of financial abuse.
The information, in the form of rack cards and future scam alerts, will provide quick information to raise awareness of the dangers targeting the elderly population.
The collaboration will complement the Attorney General’s elder abuse litigation and prevention unit, which includes a team of seasoned civil prosecutors to hold accountable anyone who exploits, abuses or neglects West Virginia’s senior citizens.
Senior citizens in need of assistance should contact the state Attorney General’s senior services and elder abuse hotline at 304-558-1155 or HelpForSeniors@wvago.gov. The hotline is open for senior citizens and their loved ones. It also can be reached at P.O. Box 1789, Charleston, WV 25326.
The unit’s scam alert database is also key in raising awareness of potential scams. Senior citizens and their loved ones can subscribe to the email alerts at http://bit.ly/SeniorScamAlert.