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Governor André Bauer, joined by Josefina Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging, touring South Carolina cities

November 14, 2008

For immediate release

Contact Frank Adams

Lt. Governor’s Office

803-622-5412

COLUMBIA — Lt. Governor André Bauer, joined by Josefina Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging, is touring South Carolina cities today to present the first State of the State address from the Office on Aging.  As part of the address, Senior Shield will be launched, an innovative new program created to protect our most valued citizens, our seniors, from fraud and scams.

“It is time to shut down the South Carolina borders to scam artists who want to prey on our good-hearted senior citizens,” said Lt. Governor Bauer in announcing Senior Shield.  “But we cannot do it alone – our success will depend on the active participation of leaders from business, non-profit, community and government institutions to help us get the message out that the cutting edge, 21st Century technology of Senior Shield can protect families.”

Senior Shield is an innovative concept that emphasizes a free market approach by encouraging seniors to do business with businesses that agree to treat them ethically, and can prove they have insurance, post bonds, and have no outstanding consumer or regulatory complaints.

“Ensuring the financial independence and security of older people is a goal that we all share,” said Secretary Carbonell.  “Clearly, our efforts to keep seniors living in their own homes and participating fully in community life are undermined by financial exploitation and consumer fraud.  When seniors lose their life savings, homes, and other property through the efforts of scam artists and fraudulent business operations, not only is their ability to remain independent threatened, but often their confidence and spirit.”

 

Senior Shield educates seniors and their caregivers to trust only businesses that have “earned their Senior Shield.”  A Web site (www.scseniorshield.com) and toll-free phone line (1-877-723-3771) have been established to assist seniors in finding trustworthy businesses and verifying they are in good standing.     

Senior Shield is “powered” by SeniorCheckedSM patent-pending technology, created by Silver Nation, LLC.  SeniorChecked makes it easy for businesses to apply for their Senior Shield, rapidly researches each business, processes background checks, hosts the search and verification directory and the business marketing and employee training functions.  

“The first step to protecting seniors from fraud and scams is teaching them to ask Have You Earned Your Senior Shield?” said Lt. Governor Bauer.  “A handout for seniors to assist them in asking this important question is available on the Web site (www.scseniorshield.com/handout).  If the person has their Senior Shield, you will know they have committed themselves to an independent, third party review that verifies they are crime free and reputable.” 

Recruitment of South Carolina businesses and professionals for the Senior Shield directory has begun. For more information about earning your Senior Shield, visit www.scseniorshield.com or call toll-free, 1-877-723-3771.  Additionally, businesses can participate in a free Webinar to learn more about joining Senior Shield.  The first series of Webinars will occur on Wednesday, November 19th at 12pm NOON. Check the Website for subsequent Webinars.

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About the Media Tour

On November 14, 2008, Lt. Governor Bauer will be traveling across the state with Josefina Carbonell, the Assistant Secretary of Aging, to officially launch Senior Shield. The press conferences will take place at the airports in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Florence and Greenville-Spartanburg.

About SeniorCheckedSM and Silver Nation, LLC

SeniorChecked is a Silver Nation product. Silver Nation, LLC is dedicated to developing technology solutions to serve and protect our nation’s senior citizens and assist them in living independently, safely and without fear.  A privately held company that believes “silver” is the new “green,” Silver Nation is based in Bethesda, Maryland. 

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