Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, the only Island-based, full service bank headquartered in Edgartown, will be hosting two community events, one in Falmouth and one on the Vineyard, addressing the issue of elder abuse. With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) approaching on June 15, these events serve as a timely opportunity for community leaders and concerned citizens to learn more about protecting our elderly neighbors and relatives.

The first event will be held Friday, June 1, 2018 in Falmouth at Atria Wood Briar, with the second event on Monday, June 4 in Edgartown, at the Baylies Room in the Old Whaling Church. Both events will be facilitated by James Anthony, President and Chief Executive Officer of Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank and will feature a local panel of experts with presentations on a variety of topics, including Cyber-security, fraud prevention, privacy and legal documents, health proxies, and more.

At Friday’s event in Falmouth, State Representative Dylan Fernandes and Police Officer James Porter will join a panel of experts from the community and the Bank from 11AM to 2PM. Monday’s event in Edgartown will also feature Dylan Fernandes, plus a panel including a number of officers from Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, including Vice President of IT John Coskie, Jeanne Ogden, Vice President Retail Banking and Lending, and Trust Administrator Eve Vincent. Bruce McNamee, Chief of Police in Edgartown and the Dukes County Sheriff, Robert Ogden will also be attending, along with representatives from the TRIAD program, which facilitates exchanges between law enforcement, support services, and senior citizens. Police officers from a number of different island towns will also be present to answer any questions about elder scams and services available to identify them.

Each presentation will be followed directly by a Q&A session, with information and resources also available, as well as refreshments and a parting gift.

Inviting members of the community of all ages to attend, James Anthony, President and CEO Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, emphasized the importance of valuing seniors in our society. “As a community bank built on generations of trust, one of our most cherished values at Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank is treating people with dignity and mutual respect. Too many seniors today live in fear of outliving their savings or falling prey to scam artists — if we as a Bank can help rally people together to protect our more vulnerable neighbors, then that’s an investment we are glad to make.”

About Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank:

Martha’s Vineyard Bank is a full-service bank headquartered in Edgartown, Massachusetts.  Services offered include residential and commercial lending, deposit accounts, trust, and investment services. The Bank operates 11 offices and 15 ATMs on Martha’s Vineyard and in Falmouth. With over a century long tradition of providing financial services, Martha’s Vineyard Bank reports $817 million in total assets as of March 31, 2018. All Bank deposits fully insured. Each depositor is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to at least $250,000. All deposits above the FDIC insurance amount are insured by the Depositor’s Insurance Fund (DIF). Wealth management and trust services are provided by Martha’s Vineyard Financial Group.