Online program aims to protect seniors from scams, loneliness

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Akron Beacon Journal

The Better Business Bureau of Akron and Home Instead Senior Care are partnering to help seniors and caregivers guard against scams and explore the loneliness that accompanies isolation amid the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Two opportunities to take part in the online program will be offered through Zoom meetings — from 5 to 6 p.m. June 23 and from 9 to 10 a.m. July 2.

“Our new normal has been met with uncertainty, challenges, and often disbelief as we all try to navigate the many changes associated with COVID-19,” the organizations said in a news release. “Especially hard hit are the thousands of seniors isolated and left alone per the government recommendations to keep them safe. ... Many don’t realize the lasting effects of loneliness and despair associated with lack of social contact. This emotional state further creates vulnerability for scammers to take advantage of seniors.”

Topics to be covered include:

• Social isolation: What is loneliness and how does it affect a senior’s health?

• Taking time to reconnect: Suggestions to reclaim your life.

• Caregiver isolation: How does it occur, and how can it be overcome?

• Using BBB’s Scam Tracker tool: Best methods of scam reporting, prevention and protection, as well as an overview of the most common COVID-19 scams and the ten riskiest scams of 2020.

Email tengelhart@akronbbb.org to register for either session.

BBB Akron serves Portage, Summit, Medina, Richland, Ashland and Wayne counties. More information is available at bbb.org/coronavirus.