September 24, 2010
We’ve all heard stories about seniors who have lost money, assets and more because of predatory services who seek to take advantage of vulnerabilities within the senior community. Maybe you’ve even had a family member taken advantage of. And according to the CDC, by the year 2030, there will be over 70 million people in the US over the age of 65, so businesses targeting seniors will likely continue to grow. One new service based in Washington, DC, SeniorChecked looks specifically at helping to protect seniors from fraudulent acts.
Chris Spanos, founder and CEO of SeniorChecked, is personally familiar with the challenges and anxieties of making the right service provider choices for an aging parent who lives in another part of the country. When his mother-in-law was no longer able to live independently, he and his wife worked with family members located in distant parts of the country to find the right solutions. As the family was exploring options, some choices had to be made quickly. Unfortunately, the lack of familiarity with local businesses combined with too few reliable online resources made making the right choices difficult. Chris and his team (all former AOLers familiar with the local business space), formed SeniorChecked to create a trusted local business network for seniors and their families.
It all starts with a listing of local businesses that can be browsed by category or searched. After SeniorChecked conducts a comprehensive background check on a business, they receive the SeniorChecked Trust Seal, which you can see on their directory listing. SeniorChecked just launched, so most businesses do not yet have the seal, but people can submit requests and businesses can sign up to get reviewed for the trusted seal (membership fees range from $199 to $499).
The team is also producing content for seniors and their families or caretakers including relevant news, events, tips, fraud alerts, Senior scams and more.
Come meet the team behind SeniorChecked at Wednesday night’s TECH cocktail startup mixer event in Washington, DC where they will be a featured startup.
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