ADSS and Attorney General Hold Regional Conferences for Seniors
Third Series of Conferences throughout Alabama Takes Place in April
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2006
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Senior Services and Attorney General Troy King are holding a series of regional conferences for senior citizens throughout Alabama during April. “A Conference for Seniors: Guarding Against Scams and Fraud” is the third series of such seminars offered by ADSS and Attorney General King, since 2004. Events are scheduled in Montgomery, Madison, Phenix City, Fairfield, Mobile, and Dothan.
“The Department of Senior Services is pleased to continue this important partnership with Attorney General King to protect Alabama’s seniors from fraud,” said Alabama Department of Senior Services Executive Director Irene Collins. “Now is a critical time for this effort because of the implementation of the Medicare prescription drug plan. When changes of this magnitude take place, they provide opportunities for criminals to take advantage of seniors. We are working to help people recognize possible scams and asking for their help in stopping them.”
“As Attorney General, my greatest commitment is to defend and protect the families of Alabama. I take seriously our special obligation to protect the senior citizens of Alabama. Our seniors provided the foundation upon which we now build our future. Now, we must be strong and steadfast in defending them as they become more vulnerable during their later years. When someone takes advantage of our senior citizens—many of whom are on fixed income and many whose prime earning years have passed and now have limited earning potential—the damage can be devastating.”
The conferences will open with remarks and an overview by Attorney General King and Commissioner Collins. Assistant Attorney General Alice Maples, chief of the Consumer Affairs Section of Attorney General King’s Family Protection Unit, will advise senior citizens about protecting themselves from consumer fraud and identity theft. Representatives of the Alabama Department of Human Resources will discuss how DHR protects seniors and whom to contact locally for help. Kathleen Healey, associate counsel of the Elder Rights Division of the Alabama Department of Senior Services will deliver information regarding Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Local law enforcement or consumer advocates will talk about fraud and scams. A representative from the Alabama Securities Commission will offer a presentation on protecting oneself from financial investment fraud. Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingsley, director of Attorney General King’s Family Protection Unit, will make closing remarks.
Conferences will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations and times:
Montgomery area, on Monday, April 3, at Vaughn Park Church of Christ, 3800 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, co-sponsored by the Central Alabama Aging Consortium.
Huntsville area, on Tuesday, April 4, at the Madison Senior Center, 1282 Hughes Road, Madison, co-sponsored by Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG). (Please note that registration for this morning seminar is full, with no spaces available for additional attendees who have not already registered.)
Lee and Russell County area, on Wednesday, April 5, at the Central Activity Center, 1500 14th Street, Phenix City, co-sponsored by the Lee-Russell Council of Governments. (Note that Phenix City operates on Eastern Standard Time, so this Phenix City conference begins at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time.)
Birmingham area, on Thursday, April 6, at the Fairfield Community Center, 4701 Gary Avenue, Fairfield, co-sponsored by the local Office of Senior Citizens Services.
Mobile area, on Friday, April 7, at the Mary Abbie Berg Senior Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, Mobile, co-sponsored by the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission.
Wiregrass area, on Tuesday, April 11, at Sony Hall, Troy University, Dothan campus, co-sponsored by the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging.
Because of limited space, pre-registration is necessary for the conferences, which are offered free of charge with lunch provided. Senior citizens, interested family members, advocates and professionals, should pre-register through their local co-sponsoring agencies, by calling the Attorney General’s toll-free conference line at 1-866-826-4337, or through the website for Attorney General King’s Family Protection Unit at www.familyprotection.alabama.gov.
Attorney General King noted that his Family Protection Unit stands ready to assist senior citizens and their family members, and may be contacted by calling toll-free 1-800-230-9485, by visiting its web page at www.familyprotection.alabama.gov; or by writing to the Attorney General’s Family Protection Unit, 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130.
For more information on the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the programs it and the local Area Agencies on Aging offer, call 1-800-Ageline (1-800-243-5463) or visit www.ageline.net.