SAFE:

Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment

SAFE educates, coaches, protects and empowers older adults and caregivers who need help managing their finances. SAFE can help prevent fraud and identity theft, as well as assist in recovering identity and funds if you have been a victim.

Victims of Financial Scams or Identity Theft
SAFE helps resolve issues, restore credit and recover funds through confidential one-on-one counseling.

Older Adults Managing Money
SAFE counselors explain budgets, debt, savings and investments plus the latest information about scams and identity theft to empower you.




SAFE’s Counselors Can Help You:

1. Report scams and identity theft to proper channels

2. Pull and review credit reports

3. Submit fraud complaints to close fraudulent accounts and remove negative items from credit reports breached by identity theft.

4. Negotiate payments or settlements with creditors

5. Complete cost-of-living budgets

6. Address consumer credit repair issues

7. Understand financial communications from business, creditors, etc.

8. Add fraud alerts to the major credit bureaus.

9. Contact companies to sort out miscommunications or confusion about financial matters.

10. Understand and draft financial plans.

11. Plan and work toward financial goals.

One-on-one counseling from the safety and convenience of your home.

Dr. Lichtenberg explains early signs of financial vulnerability at a Michigan conference of older adults.


BEHIND SAFE

The SAFE financial coaching and education program was created in 2017 at the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology by Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, a clinical geropsychologist, and Ms. LaToya Hall, a master’s prepared Social Worker.

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SAFE and its research is supported by grants from: National Institute of Justice, Foundation for Financial Health, Michigan Aging & Adult Services PREVNT program, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, State of Michigan, Wayne State University Technology Commercialization, American House Foundation and the Mary Thompson Foundation.

Questionnaire


If you are concerned that your financial decision-making is changing as you age, this questionnaire can help. The Financial Exploitation Survey is completely confidential.

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Resources


Get the latest about finances, fraud alerts and helpful websites for you and your family and friends. Free downloads on “Household Finances,” “Power of Attorney,” and more.

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