By all accounts it appears the Senior Law Day & Safety Summit organized by the District Attorney’s Office of the 18th Judicial District at the Charles Schwab Events Center in Lone Tree was a success.
About 250 participants came out Oct. 14 to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“Let’s face it: You are a target audience for the con men,” District Attorney George H. Brauchler told the participants in his welcoming remarks. “And we want to give you the tools to combat them and be prepared.”
And that indeed was the case. Attorneys, law enforcement and advocacy organizations set up booths and presented break-out sessions on various topics of interest. Experts talked about investment fraud, Medicare, advance directives, elder abuse, identity theft and reverse mortgages, among other topics.
Attendees also had access to trained Medicare counselors and attorneys who offered free confidential advice sessions.
Sandra Hergenreder of Aurora and Robin Oliver of Centennial paid their $10 admission to attend (the fee included a box lunch).
Hergenreder was looking forward to learning about frauds and scams and how to protect her identity.
Oliver said she was the conservator for her mother, and this wasn’t the first time she has sought out information about senior safety. “I always learn something,” she said.
Consumer fraud protection director Barbara Martin-Worley was pleased with the summit, a first-time effort for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
“We planned this event for nine months, and we couldn’t have been successful without our steering committee, partners and volunteers,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who supported and helped us, and we hope to be back even better next year.”
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