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AARP CT Upcoming Events 9/17/2020

Upcoming Events – Please Join AARP! Registration is free and open to people of all ages


AARP CT Every Vote Counts – Every Voter’s Safety Should Too:  3 chances to participate! Join the conversation to learn about ensuring your vote counts! Learn about voting safely by mail or in person, as well as some of AARP’s issues for candidates. 

  • September 22 @ 11AM – Facebook live with League of Women Voters on AARPCT’s Facebook page
  • October 6, 2020 @ 11AM – Facebook live on AARPCT’s Facebook page
  • October 16, 2020 @ 1PM Registration for a Webinar:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Oct16Vote 

September 23, 2020 @ 7PM   AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  Caregiving & Multigenerational Living Options in the Age of Coronavirus Pandemic:  Ira Yellen, creator of The Aging in Place Essential Toolkit™,  Jenny Smith, owner of Acuity Public Relations, LLC, & Alan Hanbury, President of House of Hanbury Builders, Inc., and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist will present an interactive program highlighting trends in multigenerational living, designing for aging in place, and caregiver considerations when planning for the future. Topics: Multigenerational planning; Guidance on selecting a Certified Aging in Place remodeler and Making the home safe and secure.  https://aarp.cvent.com/CareLivingSept23WW  


AARP CT & Bloomfield Public Library Autumn Series:  Registration:  http://bplct.evanced.info/signup/

  • September 22, 2020 @ 6:30PM What I Need to Know About My Electric Choices
  • October 13, 2020 @ 6:30PM AARP Fraud Watch Network Presents:  The Con Artist Playbook
  • November 17, 2020 @ 6:30PM Work at Age 50+:  Strategies for a Successful Job Search

September 24, 2020 @ 10AM  Easy Tech: Using Smartphones & Devices to Stay ConnectedGet the most out of your smart phone – texting, virtual medical visits, shopping & more:  Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/x7qwnl/


September 25, 2020 @ 10AM   AARP Fraud Watch Network’s:  Fraud Fighting Fourth Fridays – Powered by AARP CT & CEJC:  AARP CT & the Coalition for Elder Justice in CT have joined together to offer conversations the 4th Friday of every month on how elder justice advocates are working on your behalf to protect individuals and their families from becoming victims of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse.  Join us to learn new tips and tools on prevention and how you can learn more about the organizations that fight crime on your behalf.  Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/4thFriSept25


September 28, 2020 @ 12PM   AARP CT Presents: Mondays at Mystic Seaport: The Gerda 111 Story:   Mystic Seaport Museum volunteer and researcher Howard Veisz shares the extraordinary story of Gerda III, a wooden boat built in 1926 to re-supply offshore lighthouses along the Danish coast. During the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II, she took on another cargo: clandestine groups of Jewish refugees that she transported to freedom. The session will conclude with a live Q&A with Howard and museum staff. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/MysticMonSept28   


September 30, 2020 @ 1PM   AARP CT Webinar Wednesday: The Emotional Lives of Persons with Dementia and Their Care Partners   This conversation offers participants with the latest science of how emotions influence health for persons with dementia and their care partners. Joan K. Monin, PhD, Associate Professor at Yale School of Public Health, will discuss effective ways in which care partners can manage their negative emotions and increase positive emotions with benefits for quality of life.  Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/Sept30MoninWW


October 1, 2020 @10AM AARP CT Virtual Caregiver Roadshow for CT Families South Windsor AARP CT in collaboration with the Town of South Windsor, will offer this virtual conversation designed specifically for unpaid family caregivers. Family caregivers are the backbone of our health care system and can use some support to make sure their loved ones can make the choice to live safely and independently at home. Attendees will learn specific tools for navigating and connecting with services, gain an understanding of care options and costs, and stay informed on legislative issues impacting seniors and family caregivers. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Oct1CareSW

October 7, 2020 @ 7PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  Work at Age 50+:  Strategies for a Successful Job Search:  Participants will hear briefly about the essentials any 50+ job seeker must consider and highlights the free resources available from AARP and others. Specific areas include digital & social media platforms, personal branding, networking & age-proofing your resume.  Reg:  https://aarp.cvent.com/JobsOct7WW


AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  AARP CT, Yoga @ Age 50+: Introductions & Insights Join AARP CT & the Yoga in Our City Program for an introduction to the principles of yoga and what to expect when beginning one’s personal practice. Gain insights into how to build a sustainable practice – both mentally & physically.  2 chances to participate!


Show Up for Success – A 4-part Series

This 4-part series, of which any or all may be attended, is designed to build interactive skills for job seekers, as well as others who interact frequently with the public, and who need/want to build additional skills to thrive in a virtual setting.  All programs begin at 9AM on consecutive Saturdays.  Seating is very limited.

  • 10/17/20: Understanding Personality using DiSC (90 mins): Personality preferences (ours and others’) impact how we communicate, the speed at which we process info and make decisions, and much more. During this session, participants will learn the basics of personality type as well as a few keys to detecting type in others. Noticing type supports effective interviewing. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Success1
  • 10/24/20: Resilience and Adapting to Change (90 mins): “Normal” shifts each day, sometimes several times each day. During this session participants will learn a four-part model for acknowledging and accepting what IS and managing what they can control. The purpose of this session is to increase participants’ emotional self-awareness and self-management. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Success2
  • 10/31/20: Laugh & Lighten Up! (90 mins): Play, energetic engagement, and focusing on what is good and positive lights up the brain and floods our bodies with chemicals that support creativity and joy. Participants in this session will engage in playful exercises that challenge them to smile, be in the moment, and support one another. Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/Success3                
     
  • 10/7/20: Online Interviews (60 mins): Candidates and professionals interviewing online have the ability to positively impact their outcomes based on choices that are in their control: lighting, position of camera, ease/difficulty in using technology, etc. During this sessions we’ll cover physicality, eye contact, the importance of understanding communication using online platforms, and showing up professionally. Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/Success4

FEATURED FRAUD EVENT:  October 20, 2020 @ 3PM – 4:30PM   When Trust is Betrayed:  A Cautionary Tale to Combat Elder Abuse:  AARP is committed to fighting fraud and abuse in any form giving you the tools and resources you need to protect yourself and your family. Join us for a 90-minute virtual session to hear from former San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, whose vast legal career and experiences will take you through his journey of pursuing justice on behalf of older adults.  Additional remarks from the CT LTC Ombudsman, Protective Services to the Elderly, US Postal Inspection Service, AARP Fraud Watch Network, Quinnipiac University and more! This event powered by AARP CT in collaboration with Quinnipiac University. Registration:  www.bit.ly/QUOct20


October 28, 2020 @ 1PM  AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  Dementia: After the Diagnosis- Empathy and Empowerment and the LiveWell Experience:  Erica DeFrancesco, MS, OTR/L, Director of Community Education at LiveWell will offer a conversation about living with dementia.  Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be overwhelming, both for the person with dementia and family members. It is not uncommon for several emotions to surface and for families to be uncertain of next steps. LiveWell partners with people living with dementia and their family members to support them in better understanding dementia while also providing resources related to emotional support, health and wellness, social and meaningful engagement, and planning. Living well with dementia is possible and involves knowing one’s life story and empowering people with dementia!  Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/LiveWellOct28

Up Close & Personal at CT’s Beardsley Zoo – A 4-Part Series, October 2020

  • 10/1/2020 @ Noon: Animal Enrichment
    Animal welfare is a top priority at the Zoo, and that includes enrichment activities for everyone. Enrichment allows animals to be more active, gives them an interesting environment, and permits them to exhibit natural behaviors. Learn more about how Zoo staff works to stimulate our animals’ senses and how it benefits them. Registration:    https://aarp.cvent.com/Zoo1
  • 10/8/2020 @ Noon: Animal Commissary
    You will be welcomed to the Zoo’s Animal Commissary, where Zoo staff prepare all food and meals for each animal! Learn more about the diets of various animals, including how much they eat in a week, what the Zoo feeds the animals, and why.  Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/Zoo8
  • 10/15/2020 @ Noon: Animal Health & Wellness 
    Just like people, animals at the Zoo go in for regular visits and check-ups at the Animal Clinic. Animals in human care have longer lifespans than animals in the wild, and that is due largely in part to the outstanding care they receive from Zoo staff. Learn more at this session about how they measure an animal’s health, including how they train them to participate in their own wellness check. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Zoo15
  • 10/22/2020 @ Noon: Endangered Species
    Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of almost 100 years as Connecticut’s only Zoo. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, they are committed to the preservation of endangered animals and are actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. At this session, Zoo staff will tie the previous sessions together (register separately for 10/1, 10/8, & 10/15) to show how everything they do at the Zoo actively works to protect endangered species around the world. Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Zoo22

Up Close & Personal at The Mystic Aquarium – A 4-Part Series, October 2020

  • 10/7/2020 @ Noon: Beluga Whales
    Explore the Mystic Aquariums Beluga Whale Program – the largest outdoor habitat for Belugas in the U.S.  With their distinct color and shape, belugas are considered to be the most easily distinguishable of all whale species. They may be best known for their most unique feature- their bulging melon. Some other notable distinctions include their dorsal ridge (most whales have fins) and their ability to easily navigate in both shallow river mouths and estuaries as well as ocean depths of over 2,500 feet.
    Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Whales
  • 10/14/20 @ Noon: Penguins
    There are many unique characteristics about the endangered African penguin. The pattern of black spots on a penguin’s chest is as unique a human fingerprint and they have a bare patch above their eyes to help regulate their body temperature. Penguins are one of only a few flightless bird species and they are the only penguin to breed in Africa. Join us to learn more.
    Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Penguins
  • 10/21/20 @ Noon: Seals
    The Mystic Aquarium is one of only three facilities to care for Northern fur seals in the United States. They care for 2 other species of seals, the Harbor seal and the Spotted seal.  Learn the difference between them and sea lions.
    Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/Seals
  • 10/28/20 @ Noon: Aquarium Tour
    Virtually explore the Mystic Aquarium on a guided tour and see more exhibits, learn about research, conservation, sustainable sea efforts, and more. 
    Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/AquariumTour

November 20, 2020 @ 12PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  “Gen Silent”:

Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/GenSilent1120

Join us for a screening of the documentary “Gen Silent” to hear the stories of LGBT older adults in Greater Boston dealing with the challenges and hopes of growing older.  Since 2010, this landmark movie has inspired a world-wide movement of LGBT and aging advocates to create safe & welcoming community experiences for older adults and caregivers.


Visit www.aarp.org/ct  for a variety of offerings. To request a free AARP CT conversation in your community contact Erica Michalowski at emichalowski@aarp.org  (860) 548-3163.

AARP CT and Quinnipiac University Present Free Virtual Workshop October 20th

AARP  CT & Quinnipiac University Virtual Workshop Flyer

AARP CT in collaboration with Quinnipiac University will be hosting a virtual workshop on 10/20/2020 from 3PM – 4:30PM.  Registration is required to receive the private link unique to your email by clicking on the event registration link below.  This event is free and offered to individuals in the community, advocates, students and academics with the goal of educating on trends in fraud, elder abuse and resources for prevention and support.  Also, providing students/academics with pathways towards careers in aging within their disciplines. 

Please feel  free to share the attached and below with your networks! 

Registration:  www.bit.ly/QUOct20

When Trust is Betrayed:  A Cautionary Tale to Combat Elder Abuse

AARP is committed to fighting fraud and abuse in any form giving you the tools and resources you need to protect yourself and your family. Join us for a 90 minute virtual sessionWhen Trust is Betrayed:  A Cautionary Tale to Combat Elder Abuse on Tuesday, October 20, to hear from former San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, whose vast legal career and experiences will take you through his journey of pursuing justice on behalf of older adults.  Additional remarks from the State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Director for Protective Services to the Elderly , United States Postal Inspection Service, AARP Fraud Watch Network, Quinnipiac University and more! You won’t want to miss this!  This virtual event is powered by AARP CT in collaboration with Quinnipiac University

This event is being held on the Intrado Studios virtual platform, allowing individuals to register and view the program from 3PM – 4:30PM ET.  This platform allows for speakers to be visible and only CHAT to be viewed as the interactive feature.Registration:  www.bit.ly/QUOct20

AARP CT Webinar Wednesday – July Series

AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series – Please Join us!

Join us weekly at our AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series to participate in educational workshops and fun with purpose experiences.  Our July series will be held at 1PM each Wednesday.  

Registration is free and open to people of all ages!

July 8, 2020 @ 12:30PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday: BiCiCo: Bicycle Safety Basics: BiCiCo will take attendees through bicycle safety basics using a conversational and virtual experience.  Led by BiCiCo league cycling instructor, the session will begin at 12:30 PM with a Q & A format followed by a virtual experience ending at 2 PM.  Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/bikeJuly8

July 15, 2020 @ 1PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday: The Birder in Me:  Join AARP CT State President Tia Murphy as she takes you on a tour to see the birds that are all around us but often unseen, then showcasing the stops she made along the way. This 1-hour session, takes you on a journey that combines Tia’s love of travel and birding offering you a glimpse into her passions.  Registration is required to participate.  The link to this session will be sent 2 days prior to the event date.  Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/BirdingJuly15

 July 22, 2020 @ 1PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  CT Financial Exploitation:  Roundtable Discussion: Join us for a Roundtable Discussion with financial crimes investigators from the United States Attorney’s Office – District of CT – Criminal Division, the US Postal Inspection Service, the FBI and TIGTA (US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) to discuss the rise in financial exploitation cases taking place as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.  Registration:  https://aarp.cvent.com/FraudJuly22

July 27, 2020 @ 1PM AARP Fraud Watch Network: Con Artist Playbook: Join us as we offer insights into the psychology behind ID theft, fraud & scams through actual testimony of scammers, insights and advice. Participants will walk away armed with the tools they need to keep themselves and their families safe.  Registration is required.  Registration: https://aarp.cvent.com/FWNWethersfieldJuly27

July 29, 2020 @ 1PM AARP CT Webinar Wednesday:  Breakthrough Play with Gary Ware: Join Gary as he takes you into a virtual world to unlock your creativity through the use of transformative play.  Learn techniques that can help you become more confident, creative and add more joy to your life.  Registration:  https://bit.ly/July29Ware

Please visit www.aarp.org/ct  regularly for more sessions and a variety of offerings. To request a free AARP CT conversation in your community contact Erica Michalowski at emichalowski@aarp.org  (860) 548-3163.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN). World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic circumstances affecting elder abuse and neglect.

The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT knows that we can all get involved to create lasting local changes! In line with the central aim of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we asked our coalition members what they were doing to support the health and wellbeing of older adults here in CT. With the resources provided we created this page to help centralize some educational materials and resources on how to support for the health and well-being of older adults here in CT. Click Here to Visit the new CEJC Web Page on WEAAD

AARP CT to Host Two Events for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is held each year on June 15. With it just around the corner and coming up next week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will be hosting two educational events to help keep elders safe. The Con Artist Playbook and Coronavirus Scams; details and registration of the events are listed below.

AARP Fraud Watch Network Presents:  The Con Artist Playbook – Wed June 17, 2020 @ 1PM AARP Fraud Watch NetworkThe Con Artist PlaybookOffers insights into the psychology behind ID theft, fraud & scams through actual testimony of scammers, insights and advice. Participants will walk away armed with the tools they need to keep themselves and their families safe. https://aarp.cvent.com/June17Fraud

AARP FWN Live Tele-Town Hall Discussion – Fri 6/19/2020 10AM – Coronavirus Scams:  How to Help Others While Protecting Yourself –:  Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT – Guests:  AG William Tong, CT & Kathy Stokes, Dir of Fraud Prevention, AARP
Listen Live on:   Facebook.com/AARPCT, vekeo.com/AARPConnecticut
Dial-in:  866-641-6908

Please visit www.aarp.org/ct  regularly for more sessions and a variety of offerings. To request a free AARP CT conversation in your community contact Erica Michalowski at emichalowski@aarp.org  (860) 548-3163.

Disability Rights CT Helps to Monitor Representative Payee for Misuse of Benefits/Financial Exploitation

Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) monitors the activities of Social Security Representative Payees appointed by the Social Security Administration to manage the funds of Social Security Beneficiaries.

Original Page: https://www.disrightsct.org/report-rep-payee

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that there are 6 million rep payees serving 8.3 million beneficiaries nationwide, responsible for $70 billion in SSA benefits, in 2018.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays benefits to certain eligible people, called beneficiaries. If a beneficiary cannot manage or direct the management of their SSA benefits, SSA appoints a representative payee (rep payee) to receive and manage the SSA benefits. A rep payee can be a person or an organization.

This complaint is not a substitute for a complaint to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Click on this website link: https://oig.ssa.gov/what-abuse-fraud-and-waste/misuse-benefits-representative-payee for more information on how to file a complaint with SSA.

Click here to find out more about our Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Representative Payees Program. https://www.disrightsct.org/program-and-services

Click here for the Social Security Monitoring Program Flyer.
https://www.disrightsct.org/s/Social-Security-Monitoring-Program-Flyer-85×11.pdf

What is a Representative Payee?
If the Social Security Administration decides that a beneficiary cannot manage his or her benefits, they appoint a Representative Payee. The main responsibilities of a Representative Payee are to use the beneficiary’s Social Security monies to pay for current and future needs and to save benefits not needed to meet current needs. A Representative Payee can be a family member, friend or other “interested individual.” An organization can also be a Representative Payee.

What Is DRCT Doing As Part Of Its Representative Payee Monitoring Program?
DRCT will be responsible for conducting monitoring reviews of individual and organizational Representative Payees. DRCT staff will interview representative payees and review the finances to ensure the representative payees are following Social Security requirements. Each review will also include interviewing the beneficiaries to confirm that the Representative Payee is meeting their needs. The findings of each review will be reported to the Social Security Administration.

Does A DRCT Review Mean There Is A Problem With Representative Payee? Not necessarily. The Social Security Administration (SSA) designed the program as a method of randomly checking on Representative Payees to ensure they are meeting the needs of the Beneficiary. DRCT staff, however, can make recommendations to SSA for monitoring reviews if they learn of a situation where a Representative Payee may not be needing Beneficiary needs.

What If I Know Of A Situation Where A Beneficiary’s Needs Are Not Being Met?
If you know of a situation where a Representative Payee may not be meeting the Beneficiary’s needs, you can contact DRCT to discuss it with one of the Social Security monitoring staff. They can be reached by calling (860) 297.4300 (local) or (800) 842.7303 (toll-free, in CT). Social Security Administration has to approve all reviews and therefore, DRCT cannot guarantee that it will review every situation.

Will DRCT Provide Any Other Services Under This Program?
In addition to the reviews, DRCT may be asked to recommend corrective action. Staff will also make referrals for outside services, assist the Representative Payee improve management of beneficiary funds, and provide education to Beneficiaries and representative payees. Reach out if you have questions about the Social Security Monitoring Program. Call (860) 297-4300 (voice), (800) 842-7303 (toll-free CT), (860) 509-4992 (videophone), email us at info@disrightsct.org, or visit www.disrightsct.org.

Online Form Click here for a print out of the Representative Payee Confidential Complaint of Misuse of Benefits/Financial Exploitation.
https://www.disrightsct.org/s/Rep-Payee-Complaint-Form-92419-3sxw.docx

AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series – Please Join Them!

Join AARP weekly for their AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series to participate in educational workshops and fun with purpose experiences.  The first of the series will be held at 1PM each Wednesday.  

Registration is free and open to people of all ages!

May 27, 2020 @ 1PM Caregiver Roadshow for CT Families:  Offers a journey through the experiences of family caregivers – the backbone of our health care system.  Learn tips and tools on supporting the caregiver, the care recipient and choices to live safely and independently at home. Learn specific tools for navigating and connecting with available services, gain an understanding of care options and costs, and stay informed on the legislative issues impacting seniors and family caregivers. https://aarp.cvent.com/May27Care

June 3, 2020 @ 1PM What I Need to Know about My Electric Choices: Offers a chance to learn about the electric supplier choices available in CT. Have your electric bill ready to view during the session in order to learn and understand its complicated components. Learn how to make informed decisions based on unique situations and where to go for the most reliable CT electric supplier information and data.  https://aarp.cvent.com/June3Electric 

June 10, 2020 @ 1PM Understanding CT’s New Paid Family & Medical Leave ProgramOffers an exploration of the new program, who qualifies and how to navigate and access it to care for yourself and those in your life when it launches.   https://aarp.cvent.com/June10PFML

June 17, 2020 @ 1PM AARP Fraud Watch NetworkThe Con Artist PlaybookOffers insights into the psychology behind ID theft, fraud & scams through actual testimony of scammers, insights and advice. Participants will walk away armed with the tools they need to keep themselves and their families safe. https://aarp.cvent.com/June17Fraud

Please visit www.aarp.org/ct  regularly for more sessions and a variety of offerings. To request a free AARP CT conversation in your community contact Erica Michalowski at emichalowski@aarp.org  (860) 548-3163.

AARP Connecticut Survey Finds Majority of Connecticut Adults Using Payment Apps Unaware of Danger Posed by Scammers

AARP Connecticut Survey Finds Majority of Connecticut Adults Using Payment Apps Unaware of Danger Posed by Scammers

Be Aware of P2P Risks When Paying for Groceries, Other Services During Pandemic (Link to Direct AARP Article)

According to a new AARP survey of adults 18 and older, about two in three (66%) Connecticut consumers rely on peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platforms to send money to someone else’s account – a relatively quick and easy way to transfer money. Nationally, seven in ten (71%) of survey respondents rely on P2P payment methods.

The poll also found that more than half of those surveyed in Connecticut (55%) and the U.S. (52%) believe they are able to reclaim money sent in error. While the platforms are convenient, the difficulty of recovering funds sent through them makes the technology, and those who use it, uniquely vulnerable to scammers. This may especially be the case as more people use delivery services for groceries and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Scammers are following their playbook – using current events to find ways of stealing money or sensitive personal information,” said Erica Michalowski, AARP Connecticut community outreach director. “A growing number of consumers are turning to peer-to-peer payment platforms during the coronavirus pandemic, and while these methods are quick and easy, the survey shows a need for more education about the risks and how these platforms operate.”

A heightened fear and anxiety caused by the coronavirus is creating opportunities for criminals to exploit people, and AARP’s survey shows that many consumers may be at risk:

·         Nearly seven in ten Connecticut adults (67%), and 71% of the respondents in the U.S., report using P2P payment platforms.

·         More than half of those surveyed in Connecticut (55%) and the U.S. (52%) incorrectly answered a quiz question about being able to reclaim their money if they made an error while sending through a P2P payment platform.

·         Many consumers are using P2P payment platforms to send money to people they don’t know. When making a purchase through an online bidding site, 42% of survey respondents in Connecticut and 53% across the U.S. send the money to a seller with whom they have previously never done business. In addition, 50% of Connecticut and 61% of U.S. adults send the money to a seller rated highly for fulfilment and delivery.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, there were over 14,000 reports of scams and fraud in Connecticut and nearly $14 million lost to fraud last year.

Common P2P payment platforms include PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Square, Google Pay and Apple Pay. The Peer to Peer Payment Practices and Associated Risks: A Connecticut Survey of Adults 18-plus details how often people are using these platforms, reasons for using them, and the risks associated with using them. The report also highlights the widespread misuse of P2P tools due to insufficient understanding of how the platforms work.

The survey was conducted by NORC, on behalf of AARP, from November 4-8, 2019. This report reflects results from a larger survey among 801 Connecticut adults ages 18 and older which highlights people’s experiences with peer-to-peer payment platforms. The survey has a sampling margin of error of ±4.6 percent. This survey was also conducted nationally and in three other states: Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington. To view the national and state reports and/or the full study methodology for these studies, please go to www.aarp.org/p2prisks.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. Consumers may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver information about scams, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to report scams or get help from trained volunteers in the event someone falls victim to scammers’ tactics. The Fraud Watch Network website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map and access to AARP’s hit podcast series, The Perfect Scam.

Contact: Mike Humes at mhumes@aarp.org or 860-548-3164

About AARP

ARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit http://www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Launches Facebook Page with Weekly Live Sessions

With the visitation limitations enacted by the Department of public health continuing to be in effect throughout Connecticut nursing homes, The Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program has started hosting regular Facebook live interactive discussions with our State Long Term Care Ombudsman Mairead Painter every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve, and information continues to come out each day to help protect our most vulnerable population. The LTCOP wants to ensure that residents and families are kept abreast and fully informed throughout this pandemic. So if you reside in or have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut, please join along in the discussion about the current state of affairs and guidance as it pertains to skilled nursing facilities and the corona virus outbreak.

Like and follow their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CTLTCOP to ensure that you are notified each time new content is uploaded or they go live for the information sessions.  If you have specific questions or concerns related to your nursing home, you can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s office toll-free at: 1-866-388-1888.

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Launches New Website

The Long Term Care Ombudsman program works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut citizens residing in nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living communities.

The LTCOP responds to, and investigates complaints brought forward by residents, family members, and/or  other individuals acting on their behalf.  Ombudsmen offer information on consultation to consumers and providers, monitor state and federal laws and regulations, and make recommendations for improvement.  The program also recruits, trains, and  supervises Volunteer Resident Advocates who assist residents in resolving concerns.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program has historically been a great resource for residents and families of individuals who reside in long term care settings and The Elder Justice Coalition is happy to announce that The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) has launched it’s new website. http://www.portal.ct.gov/ltcop. With a wealth of information already on the site, it should continue to be a great resource for individuals who have questions about their rights as residents of long term care settings.