Producer Kim Jacobs will join the panel to discuss her film, which reveals what can happen to older adults when they are targeted for scams and abusive financial products. The film also reveals how they are fighting back, and becoming powerful advocates for themselves and others to help change the current landscape of economic security for older Americans. We met Kim when “Fleeced” was shown at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) conference in Washington, DC, in March. We are delighted she offered to drive in from Indianapolis to join us for the event.
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Last year, our advocacy was aided by an outstanding series of articles in Crain’s Chicago Business that looked at the issue from a variety of perspectives.
At our Community Investment Awards & Film Screening event on May 9, we will be showing “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse,” a short film produced by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and WFYI. The film tells the stories of older Americans and their families whose lives were upended by financial abuse and what they have done to fight back.
A 2012 Woodstock report found that more than half of private-sector workers in Illinois—over 2.5 million—lack access to an employment-based retirement savings plan. Without individual savings, many retirees who rely solely on Social Security benefits will face the prospect of retiring into poverty.