Resources relating to scams, schemes & swindles:

Scam Alerts:

Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition: http://www.protectkentseniors.org Phone: (855) 444-3911

AARP Fraud Watch Network: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/

Federal Trade Commission: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Report Scams:

Federal Trade Commission:
https://ftccomplaintassistant.gov Phone: (877) ID-Theft (438-4338)

IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting: www.treasury.gov/tigta   Phone: (800) 829-1040

Internet Crime Complaint Center (part of FBI): www.ic3.gov

Research charitable organizations:

www.charitynavigator.org  and www.michigan.gov/agcharities

Broker Check and Professional Designation Look-up Tool:

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority: www.finra.org

Check credit report, put fraud alert or credit freeze on accounts:

www.annualcreditreport.com Phone: (877) 322-8228

General:

Michigan Attorney General: www.michigan.gov/seniorbrigade

 

Other resources relating to caring for seniors:

The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community that will improve the quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients.

www.caregiverresource.net

 

Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids provides education to all kinds of individuals and professionals about dementia, the supportive services available, and the resources that exist to help. The group is committed to making Grand Rapids the first dementia friendly community in Michigan, as a safe, respectful, and engaging place to be for people with dementia.

www.dementiafriendlygr.com

 

The prescription drug plan finder tool and other information about Medicare is on the federal government website

www.medicare.gov

 

The Area Agency of West Michigan is giving free seminars all over Kent County on the new Medicare prescription drug coverage. Find a calendar at

www.aaawm.org

 

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes and protects the rights, health and economic well-being of older adults and people with disabilities providing information, advocacy, legal advice and professional services.

Toll free phone number: 866-400-9164

www.elderlawofmi.org

 

Senior Neighbors is a non-profit organization that provides meals-on-wheels, free tax preparation, volunteer opportunities and other services to seniors in Kent County

www.seniorneighbors.org