Senior Protection Initiative is run by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office and consists of a three part approach: Public Education, Law Enforcement Education, and a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) comprised of prosecutors, police, and social services representatives to promote awareness regarding elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The Senior Protection Initiative’s Elder Abuse Brochure explains the initiative in more detail.
The Senior Protection Initiative is available to speak on fraud, scams, and senior vulnerabilities to community, faith-based or social organizations. If you are interested in hosting a presentation, please contact us at Seniorprotection@state.de.us
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
Each year, the Delaware Department of Justice’s Senior Protection Initiative recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 with events in all three counties. Based on the theme of the year, the events were designed to highlight the resources available to elder abuse victims and their families. Those who planned to attend were encouraged to wear purple, the official color for elder abuse awareness.
Attorney General Matthew P. Denn and the Senior Protection Initiative invited you to join us as we commemorated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017. Those who visited us at one of the four locations throughout the state were able to get a “STOP Elder Abuse” ribbon, pick up valuable resources, and ask questions of various representatives from State agencies that provide services to older adults. Check out the 2017 flyer HERE.
View the Facebook photo album from WEAAD 2017 HERE.
Here are some photos from June 15th, 2017:
New Medicare Cards are on the Way!
Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status. And it will all happen automatically – you won’t have to pay anyone or give anyone information, no matter what someone might tell you.
View the new Medicare Cards page on DSAAPD’s website HERE
Protect Yourself Against Medicare Fraud
The Delaware Senior Medicare Patrol Program, housed in the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) provides public information to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to carefully read their Medicare summary notices and ask questions if they do not think the information is correct. The program also trains volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries get the information they need when they suspect fraud, waste, or abuse of the Medicare program.
For an informational card, available in English and Spanish, click HERE.
If you suspect a senior citizen is a victim of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, please call Delaware’s Adult Protective Services at 1-800-223-9074 and your local police agency. If you suspect a case of elder abuse in a Delaware licensed long-term care or assisted living facility, please contact the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection at 1-877-453-0012 and your local police agency.