Elder Abuse Articles

  • Elder Abuse: For Many Aging Americans, Home is Where the Fraud Is

    A nationwide elder abuse analysis has led to a surprising conclusion that could cause older Americans to think twice about trusting their money to those nearest and dearest to them.

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  • Top 10 Questions About Elder Abuse

    The term elder abuse encompasses a wide array of mistreatment of the elderly. Learn the warning signs, laws, and what to expect if you need to report a suspected case of risk or harm to an older person.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking For Signs of Abuse

    Even as a long-distant caregiver, learn the signs to determine if your loved one is being mistreated—and ways to take corrective action to stop elder abuse.

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  • Preventing the 5 Kinds of Elder Abuse

    There are five basic types of elder abuse: physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect. If others are involved in providing care for an elderly loved one, be aware of the potential for elder abuse and how to identify it.

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  • Dementia Patients and Their Hurtful "Lies"

    Memory loss is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up stories and false accusations. The latter symptom is upsetting for caregivers, who are often the targets of these behaviors.

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  • 5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Explore issues with POA, guardianship, elder abuse and why it's important to enlist the help of an elder law attorney in a senior's care planning.

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  • Social Media Abuse in Nursing Homes

    Mobile devices and social media platforms have provided a number of benefits to society, but these tools have also made it easier for unsavory people to exploit vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with dementia. Learn more about this prevalent issue and see how you can prevent your loved one from becoming a victim.

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  • This Man Lost $9 Million Saving His Grandmother from Elder Abuse

    Brooke Astor's grandson, Philip, was recently cut out of his father's will after he accused his father of elder abuse against his late grandmother who'd had Alzheimer's disease, costing him an estimated $9 million inheritance.

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  • Elderly Bullies Prove That Immaturity Has No Age Limit

    Research on bullying in long-term care facilities indicates that mean girls don't actually "grow up," they just get older.

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  • What to Do if You Suspect a Senior Is Being Financially Abused or Exploited

    Elder abuse can be difficult to detect and investigate, so family members must be attentive to their aging loved ones’ financial health. If you believe a senior is being exploited, act quickly and use the proper channels to file an official report.

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  • What to Do If You Suspect Abuse in Your Parent's Retirement Home

    What's a caregiver to do if they aren't happy with the care their elderly seniors are receiving at an assisted living facility, nursing home or other senior care facility?

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  • Crime, Abuse and the Elderly

    Elderly people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or home repair scams and other forms of abuse. Here is some advice for your senior parents to help them avoid becoming victims.

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  • Caregivers Can Be Abused Too

    Although elderly and disabled care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?

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  • 7 Ways to Prevent Seniors from Falling Victim to Fraud

    It is inevitable that your aging loved one will be confronted with an offer that is too good to be true or a suspicious request for sensitive information. A few simple steps can help to safeguard them from devastating identity fraud tactics and scams.

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  • Nursing Homes Hire Aides With Criminal Histories

    Nursing home workers who abuse elderly residents are more likely to have a criminal background. Nearly one out of every five nursing aides who were found guilty of abusing, neglecting or stealing from senior residents have pre-existing criminal records.

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  • Secrets That Elderly Parents Keep From Their Family

    From falls to spending habits, and elder abuse to car accidents, there are a range of “secrets” that elders tend to keep from their loved ones. What's are you supposed to do if you find out that your elderly parent is hiding something from the family?

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  • How can long-distance caregivers watch for signs of elder abuse from a home care worker?

    I would hire a geriatric care manager who lives very close to your father, and can be your onging eyes and ears in your absence.

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