National Expert on Elder Fraud Speaks at Chelsea Retirement Community

September 30, 2019

CHELSEA, MI–United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation will host national expert, professor and psychologist Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D. for a free educational program on Thursday, October 3, at Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC), located at 805 W. Middle Street, in Chelsea, MI.  The presentation, entitled, “Protecting Yourself from Elder Fraud and Financial Abuse” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in CRC’s Dancey House Theatre, followed by a Question and Answer session at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Lichtenberg is a professor of psychology at Wayne State University as well as the Director of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, the Institute of Gerontology and the Founding Director of the Wayne State University Lifespan Alliance.  A national expert in financial capacity assessment and financial exploitation of older adults, Dr. Lichtenberg has spoken before Congress as well as the National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.  He has also made contributions to the practice of psychology across a variety of areas including Alzheimer’s disease, medical rehabilitation and with those suffering from late life depression.

“Wellness is an inherent part of UMRC’s mission and guiding beliefs, including the physical, spiritual and financial well-being of the elders we serve,” says UMRC Foundation and Porter Hills Foundation President, Wendy Brightman. “Financial fraud and abuse of older adults is a growing problem in our country, yet one that often goes unreported.  Dr. Lichtenberg empowers older adults in ways they can protect themselves from financial abuse.  I have heard Dr. Lichtenberg present twice before and urge the community to attend this educational presentation.”

Pre-registration is appreciated, though not required, for this free event. To RSVP or, for more information, contact the UMRC Foundation at 734-433-1000 ext. 7502.

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that recently affiliated, under shared governance and leadership, with Porter Hills, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together, these organizations represent the second largest nonprofit senior living organization in Michigan, serving more than 6,700 older adults each year, from 24 locations and service lines, across 22 counties in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Since its 1998 inception the UMRC Foundation, the charitable arm for United Methodist Retirement Communities, has provided over $16,000,000 through its Benevolent Care Fund to help UMRC residents remain in their homes when they outlive their resources.

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