Floridians 65 and over are in their “Golden Years” and they just want to relax and enjoy retirement. However, in 2010, more than 3.5 million households headed by people 50 and older experienced identity theft, according to the Bureau of Justice. Those are staggering statistics that unfortunately are getting worse, not better. Now more than ever Seniors will need to identify current trends and future strategies for financial security.
To help, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services is holding workshops across Florida to help seniors and their caregivers better familiarize themselves with products, procedures and more importantly the scams that are directed to the senior demographic. These workshops are meant to help seniors make good financial decisions and are designed for all economic levels.
The Golden Rules for Your Golden Years Workshops will be held in St. Pete, Boca Raton, The Villages, Sarasota, and Ft. Myers during August. Each workshop is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
These workshops are part of CFO Jeff Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors initiative which was created to educate consumers about financial and insurance issues impacting our state’s fastest-growing population. The On Guard for Seniors website includes information about annuities, reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance and identity theft and explains key terms, outlines important questions to ask and provides educational videos of how some common insurance and financial products work.
More information can be found at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/OnGuard.