Elder Consumer Protection Program hosts train the trainer workshop for elder advocates


Tami Lucero of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office for Older Americans in Washington, D.C., spoke at Stetson.

by Brandon Robinson, Elder Consumer Protection Fellow.

Stetson University College of Law’s Elder Consumer Protection Program hosted a Money Smart Train-the-Trainer Workshop on March 29 for elder advocates.

Tami Lucero of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office for Older Americans in Washington, D.C., presented on how to implement the Money Smart Program in communities to raise awareness and prevent the financial exploitation of older adults.

Thirty-two representatives from more than 15 different agencies who serve on the front lines combating elderly fraud, abuse and exploitation attended the workshop.  Attendees included representatives from the City of St. Petersburg; Pinellas County Consumer Protection, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; Largo Police Department; Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas; Florida Seniors vs. Crime Program; Bay Area Legal Services; and Raymond James Financial.

The Money Smart for Older Adults program was developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in conjunction with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and is designed to provide awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourage advance planning and informed financial decision-making.

The workshop familiarized the attendees with the Money Smart Curriculum, with a particular focus on frauds, scams, and other forms of financial exploitation that frequently target the elderly.

Attendees received valuable training on effective presentation techniques, best practices for presenting the program to older adults and their caregivers, as well as program implementation strategies.

This workshop was offered free of charge as a community service by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Stetson University College of Law.