GARDINER, Maine — With cases of elder financial abuse escalating in numbers in Maine and throughout the country, and with financial exploitation of seniors considered one of the growing crimes of the 21 century, a coalition of government and nonprofit agencies announced a series of free educational sessions for the public, including seniors, caregivers and service providers. Sessions will be offered Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12, in Hallowell, Scarborough, Lewiston, Bangor and Presque Isle .
Maine’s Office of Securities has teamed up with the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, SaveAndInvest.org, Legal Services for the Elderly and other experts in offering the sessions to give seniors and allies concrete, practical information and resources on how to spot fraud and exploitation, and how to get help or intervene to help a vulnerable senior.
Sessions will be held:
* 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10; train-the-trainers, 11 a.m-noon, Cohen Center, Town Farm Road, Hallowell, Maine.
* 2:304:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, train-the-trainers, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Scarborough Town Hall, 259 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Maine.
* 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, train-the-trainers 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ramada Inn, Pleasant Street, Lewiston, Maine.
* 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.; train-the-trainers 4-5 p.m., Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor.
* 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12; train-the-trainers, 11 a.m-noon, The Gathering Place, 33 Davis St., Presque Isle, Maine.