Older people throughout Victoria will have the opportunity to review their financial security at free workshops funded by the Victorian Government and conducted by Victoria University.
The workshops will cover budgeting, financial planning, wills, retirement, superannuation, housing options and how to avoid scams.
The first information session will be held at the Box Hill Library in Whitehorse Road Box Hill starting Wednesday 26 May.
Program co-ordinator Associate Professor Theo Papadopoulos said the ability to manage personal finances was particularly important for older people
"Retirement brings opportunities and challenges that may require new ways of approaching the management of your money," Professor Papadopoulos said.
"Unfortunately some older people experience financial exploitation and abuse "" these workshops are designed to ensure people are well prepared to prevent such exploitation.
"The essential component of successful financial management never changes: always seek independent advice from a trustworthy source before you make any decisions."
The Seniors Rights Victoria free helpline is 1300 368 821. It operates from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can also be accessed online at: www.seniorsrights.org.au.
To register for the workshops call: (03) 9919 1868.
Associate Professor Papadopoulos is available for comment: 9919 1212; [email protected].
Schedules of workshops and learning modules are also available.
Media inquiries: Jim Buckell, A/Senior Media Officer, Victoria University, 0400 465 459, 03 9919 4243; [email protected]