Health & wellness

Tips and resources to help avoid elder financial abuse


- If you are offered a “prize” or “lottery winnings” that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do not send anyone personal or financial information to collect a prize.

- Do not provide personal information (e.g. social security number, credit card) over the phone unless you placed the call and know with whom you are speaking.


- If you need help with personal or in-home care services, contact your local council on aging or elder services agency for a referral to ensure that the person has been properly screened.

- Do not sign any documents that you don’t completely understand without first consulting an attorney or family member that you trust.

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- Keep in touch with others, isolation can make you more vulnerable.


-Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline provides free legal information, advice, and referral services for Massachusetts senior citizens (60 years or older) in most areas of civil law: 866-778-0939

-Elder Services. Links to your local agency:



-National Do Not Call Registry to reduce telemarketing calls. To register your phone number: 888-382-1222

-Massachusetts Protective Services Elder Abuse Hotline800-922-2275.

-National Center on Elder Abuse and the Eldercare Locator, for further tips: 800-677-1116

Sources: Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs; Greater Boston Legal Services.
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