Resources, information, and tools are available for Seniors seeking to maintain financial independence and empowerment and for financial caregivers providing assistance to older adults.
Working with Older Adults: Resources for providers who work with older adults, including protecting against fraud, tools for later-life financial security, money smart for older adults, help for surviving spouses, and help responding to elder financial abuse.
Reverse Mortgage Loans: Learn more about these products, which are often marketed to older adults.
Financial Care Givers: Easy-to-understand guides to help financial caregivers who are managing money or property for someone unable to pay bills or make financial decisions.
Elder Fraud Prevention Network Development Guide: Elder financial exploitation threatens the financial security of millions of older Americans annually. In response to this crisis, hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents. Resources to build an elder fraud prevention and response network.
The FTC has information and resources on all sorts of topics related to shopping and donating, credit, loans and debt, jobs and earning money, unwanted calls, emails & texts, ID theft and online security, and scams. To find information specifically geared towards protecting older adults from scams, visit their website.
Learn more about the FTC Pass It On program and find materials and resources to use in your community.
The Washington State Aging and Long-Term Support Administration oversees programs designed to help Seniors and people with disabilities to live with good health, independence, dignity and control over decisions that affect their lives.
The office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman receives/responds to complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system. Additionally, the office maintains a statewide directory of Ombuds throughout Washington State. The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is operated by the Multi-Service Center.
Sound Generations: offers Meals on Wheels, Senior Rights assistance, Medicare help, transportation and more.
Sound Generations & Pathways: highly trained staff of professionals and volunteers that can answer your questions and provide free, unbiased advice for aging persons, people with disabilities, and caregivers.
For more information please call 206-448-5757.
The financial education non-profit CENTS has created Senior Money, which is an instructional DVD, companion website, and in-person presentations to teach senior citizens how to spot and avoid all the scams aimed at them. The video, which features Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has three 35 minute sections: 1) reverse mortgages, 2) scams, and 3) identity theft and estate planning. Contact Tony Leahy at email@example.com or 206-267-7017 if you would like a free DVD or in-person presentation at your facility. The website has video and additional resources.
AARP Foundation Finances 50+ covers the basics of finances, including:
- Goal setting and budget planning
- Debt reduction and credit repair
- Asset building and protection
You don’t have to be a financial professional to use these resources or to help others. AARP Foundation provides training and printed guides to help you coach yourself or lead classes and offer support to others who may seek additional information around smart money habits. All materials are available for download free of charge.