Greenspring's Fraud Prevention Expo featured an address by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a brand new documentary on protecting seniors from victimization and exploitation, as well as federal, state, county, and other experts on protecting oneself from fraud and scams
(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - On Tuesday, May 22, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. hosted its first Fraud Prevention Expo. The expo was held in an effort to educate residents and the families of residents at Greenspring about how seniors can protect themselves from fraud and exploitation, as well as to address what systems and services are in place to protect residents at Greenspring. Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell declared May 2012 to be Older Virginians Month and Adult Abuse Prevention Month, citing the need to protect Virginia's seniors and acknowledging their many contributions to society. There are approximately 900,000 individuals living in the Commonwealth of Virginia over 65 years of age.
Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli provided opening remarks at the expo and encouraged residents to utilize the many services Virginia has in place to protect seniors and their assets. According to Cuccinelli, a simple rule to follow is to never provide personal information when you are being contacted; personal information should only be provided when you are initiating contact with your bank, financial institution, etc. He encouraged residents to visit his website and to contact his office with any questions or concerns.
Following his remarks, a documentary starring Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney entitled "Last Will and Embezzlement" was shown for the first time following its New York City premiere in April 2012. The New York Times called the documentary "eye-opening" and The Huffington Post said it should be "required viewing". The documentary's writer and producer, Pamela Glasner, was available at the expo to answer questions and talk with residents.
The expo also featured numerous vendors including, but not limited to, AARP, Fairfax County Consumer Protection Division, United States Postal Inspection Service, Shred It, PNC Bank (which operates at Greenspring), Ritzert & Leyton, PC, TRIAD (Crime Prevention Unit for Seniors), Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia State Corporate Commission Bureau of Insurance, Virginia State Corporate Commission Division of Securities and Retail Franchising, and Greenspring's Social Work and Security Departments.
About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living apartment homes. At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community. Additional information about Greenspring can be found atwww.ericksonliving.com.