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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 10:56am

Doctors Work To Fight Scammers

Imagine your doctor checking your blood pressure, cholesterol and ... financial well-being.

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office and the non-profit Investor Protection Trust are teaming up to train doctors to include financial questions during check-ups with older patients.

Georgia is among 22 states using funding from the Trust to combat what experts believe will be a growing problem as baby boomers age - scammers targeting people in the early stages of dementia or who are confused about their finances.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp calls the program a proactive approach to protecting seniors.

"One in five Americans over the age of 65 has been the victim of a financial scam. It’s definitely on our radar and we need to do what we can do protect older Georgians.”

Kemp says partnering with Georgia’s medical community makes a lot of sense since doctors are on the front lines of contact with the elderly.

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