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Central Plains Area Agency on Aging Joins Nationwide Campaign to Help Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
As financial exploitation targeting older adults continues to become more prevalent in the United States, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) joined a nationwide campaign to encourage older adults and their families to address the issue and to get informed about the warning signs and resources available to help prevent abuse. Research shows that as many as 5 million older adults are victims of elder abuse each year and financial exploitation costs seniors an estimated $3 billion annually.
More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population or three in ten households, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or older family members or friends. Regardless of what type of care a caregiver provides for someone, they are a caregiver and need and deserve support, assistance and current information to make decisions about their loved one's care. Many supports are available that often are overlooked including local resources, online support and technology that can make the caregiving duties less stressful and more fulfilling.
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging remind seniors and those who care for them to be aware of extreme temperatures this summer. As temperatures rise in July and August so do the number of older adults at risk for heat exposure, heat stroke, and other heat related illnesses. Heat related illness and death are preventable, with hotter and humid days weeks ahead please take a few minutes to learn and take proper precautions to avoid a hot weather health emergency.
Medicare fraud and abuse is a growing problem that affects beneficiaries and taxpayers across the country. Since 1997, the Administration on Aging has funded an important program called the Senior Medicare Patrol that is designed to combat the issue of Medicare fraud and abuse by providing outreach and education to seniors. The Senior Medicare Patrol of Kansas’s (KS SMP) mission is to empower seniors to, “Protect, Detect, and Report” Medicare fraud, errors and abuse. To advance this program in Kansas, the Kansas Department on Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is partnering with the local Central Plains Area Agency on Aging to recruit and train individuals interested in fighting Medicare and Medicaid fraud.