“Change is going to happen from the top down, not waiting for a bad agent to get turned in to adult protective services, to then get prosecuted -that is not how change is going to happen. It’s really going to happen when the companies themselves start looking at those trends and the data and reining people in, that’s absolutely how it’s going to happen” - Shawna Reeves
In this episode of GET READY!, I spoke with Shawna Reeves who is the Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging. Shawna and I discussed best practices that insurance agents can implement to help reduce elder financial abuse. We also covered how older adults (and their families) can keep them from being the victims of financial abuse.
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Bio: Shawna Reeves is currently the Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging. Shawna has worked as a consumer advocate for twenty years. Her role includes creating an innovative and coordinated community response to elder abuse in Northern California, running San Francisco’s Elder Abuse Forensic Center and Multidisciplinary teams along with training professionals and the public on elder abuse prevention, response, and laws, presenting at state and national conferences on elder abuse trends and interventions, educating lawmakers and provide policy recommendations related to elder consumer protection.
Shawna has received numerous awards for her work and leadership including the Aging Innovation Award, Aging Achievement Award, Service Recognition Award and was honored with a resolution recognizing her contributions to the field of elder justice by the Commission on the Status of Women.