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FAST and Furious

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One of the most interesting parts of NPR's (well Northern California's KQED really as all these pieces come from their California Report show) expose on the conning of old people is that the "over-80" crowd is the largest growing population in America. We really can live forever. What the elderly are finding, however, is that extending our lifespan has major pitfalls.

Part two, which aired today, looks at FAST, a Los Angeles initiative that is spreading across the state. FAST (Fiduciary Abuse Specialty Team) goes after the folks that hoodwink senior citizens out of their homes and savings accounts through schemes and the outright nastiness of playing on the kindness of many elderly. Until recently, most of the time these kinds of crimes were rarely reported, corrected or prosecuted.

Santa Monica's own Center for Healthy Aging includes FAST amongst its long list of resources for living long and prospering.