seniors

The Grandparent Scam: One Victim's Story

Jul 28, 2016
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Nevada authorities say they’re seeing an increase in complaints from elderly residents who've been conned out of thousands of dollars.  As Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley reports, they’re victims of what's called the "Grandparent Scam."

People aged 60 years and over are one the fastest growing populations in Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports as seniors are living longer, many are relying on family as health needs arise, but those caregivers also need help.

Barry Gold is with Nevada’s American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP. He spoke with our public radio partner, KNPR in Las Vegas.

Washoe County Senior Services is getting more money to meet the increased demand for their programs. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports nutrition is the biggest need.

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is allocating an additional $200,000 to deliver more meals for the elderly.

Kevin Schiller is Assistant County Manager. He says the county will be providing about 400,000 meals next year.

“That’s our max capacity with our existing equipment and our existing staff,” Schiller says.

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In his documentary Alive Inside, which won the audience award at Sundance last year, Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett captures the joy that music brings to people with dementia. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss spoke to him. He’ll be in Reno Tuesday for a special screening.

Tuesday's special screening of Alive Inside has SOLD OUT.

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett will be at the event for a panel talk, along with other experts on dementia and care giving.