On June 16th, hundreds gathered in Asheville’s Carrier Park for the annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk, symbolizing the community’s commitment to addressing this issue.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an annual, worldwide gathering which aims to raise awareness about the mistreatment and neglect experienced by older individuals. By shedding light on the various cultural, social, economic, and demographic factors that contribute to elder abuse, global communities continue to foster a deeper understanding of this pressing issue. Since 2016, Buncombe County has been organizing an awareness event as part of its ongoing efforts to combat elder abuse and neglect within the community.
This year, Givens Estates, which is part of Givens Communities, presented 5 Tips to Avoid Online Scams. As our world increasingly depends on technology, which includes our residents in our Asheville-based retirement community, there will always be outside parties looking to take advantage of our dependence on it. Staying vigilant can be tiresome but it is important for all of us, especially older adults, to protect our information online. These are the tips shared at the Elder Abuse Walk to remember when you feel your computer is at risk or you may be concerned about a potential scam.
- Who is contacting you? Microsoft, or any large tech corporation, will never call you on the telephone to offer support.
- Beware of Pop-Ups. If you see a pop-up on your computer or mobile device with a number to call: do not call! Follow the same practice for text messages from unknown numbers
- Disregard false alert messages or emails. Scammers create elaborate ruses to either receive payment or gain access to your computer and exploit data.
- When in doubt, turn off your device. If you receive a warning message on your device turn it off as a first step of precaution.
- Vet your vendors. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a company you do business with, hang up and call their trusted line If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a company you do business with, hang up and call their trusted line.
To report elder abuse, you can contact the Buncombe County Adult Protective Services to be put in contact with a social worker.