Network Development Guide
Resources to build an elder fraud prevention and response network
Mobilize key stakeholders in your community to prevent, detect, and respond to elder financial abuse.
Elder financial exploitation threatens the financial security of millions of older Americans annually. In response to this crisis, hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents.
Launch a successful network: use our meeting model
Our meeting model includes two key meetings—a retreat and a post-retreat—to help you bring stakeholders together to increase and enhance the prevention of and response to elder financial exploitation.
Plan a retreat
A retreat is an effective way to rally stakeholders and community leaders together to create a collaborative network. Gather a core team of key community members to help you plan logistics and reach out to the wider community.
Host a retreat
How you conduct a retreat can set the tone for your network. Here are some suggestions on how to provide opportunities for collaboration and make sure everyone's voice is heard during a retreat.
Reconvene and establish your network
After holding a retreat, it's important to bring community stakeholders back together to determine next steps toward addressing priorities identified at the retreat.
Expand network capabilities
After your network establishes priorities, consider leveraging working groups to reach goals, engage the community, and grow the influence of the network.
As you create and grow your network, use these tools to plan meetings, identify and prioritize goals, and build foundational knowledge of elder fraud prevention.