Elder Investment and Financial Exploitation National Call-in Day

The State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is making three phone bank lines available to elders and their family members Thursday for Elder Investment and Financial Exploitation National Call-in Day.

Mark Kelsey with the Department of Commerce says experts will be available on the other end of the phone lines to answer questions on finances, health and abuse.

It is estimated that one out of every five Americans over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial swindle. Of particular concern are seniors with mild cognitive impairment.

Seniors who find themselves in such a situation should call the phone bank lines . In Alaska, they will be open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th.

For general finance questions, call: 1-888-227-1776

For health questions: 1-888-303-0430

And for financial abuse questions: 1-888-303-3297

You can also visit www.investorprotection.org to learn more.

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Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KBBI in Homer. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.