The Bayhealth STEPS to Healthy Aging Program welcomed Lester Johnson, Investigator with the Delaware Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office, to its quarterly educational session at the Milford Senior Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
A retired State Trooper, Johnson has served as an elder abuse investigator since 1999. He offered his expert insight and advice on how Bayhealth’s STEPS members can protect themselves against abuse, fraud and exploitation.
“Seniors are perceived easy victims for criminals because Americans over the age of 50 control 70 percent of our nation’s wealth,” Johnson said. “Also, as we age, our brains deteriorate and we become more trusting and lose the ability to understand the consequences of protecting our wealth.”
Attendees learned how to protect themselves from identity theft, internet scams, sweepstakes and charity frauds, personal finance exploitation and more. After the presentation, participants were also able to ask specific questions and receive advice from this expert on senior abuse.
“Nothing is sacred if you’re a thief – a thief will say he’s representing a church or police organization, ask you to help animals or starving children in Africa. You have to do your homework before you donate money to an organization,” he added.
Pictured from left to right are Bayhealth Clinical Educator Trisha Bentley, BSN, RN, CBCN; Lester Johnson; and Bayhealth Clinical Educator Jennifer Wilson, RN, BSN.
Bayhealth’s STEPS to Healthy Aging Program is a free program for anyone over the age of 50 living in Bayhealth’s service area. For more information and to join, please call Bayhealth’s Education Department at (302) 744-7135 or (toll-free) 1-877-453-7107.