Elder Abuse

  • 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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  • Signs of Elder Abuse All Caregivers Should Know and Look For

    Both local and long-distance caregivers should learn the overt and subtle signs of mistreatment of the elderly and check for them regularly—ideally in person.

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  • 5 Types of Elder Abuse and How to Prevent Them

    In order to prevent and detect elder abuse, it is crucial to understand its different forms, who is at risk and how to best support vulnerable seniors and their family caregivers.

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  • Confabulation in Dementia Can Feel Like Hurtful Lies

    Memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up hurtful stories and level false accusations toward their caregivers.

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  • 5 Common Legal Issues Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Learn about the most common elder law issues families face 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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  • Elder Self-Neglect: A Hidden Hazard

    Most people are aware that seniors can be very vulnerable and that older adults are often targets of scams and abuse. However, there is another equally serious threat to the elderly that receives far less attention: self-neglect.

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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,complex internet or phone scams and other forms of financial abuse. Use these tips to avoid risks and stay safe.

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  • Caregivers Can Be Abused, Too

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

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  • Steps to Take After Falling for a Scam

    People of all ages can easily find themselves caught in a scammer's trap. Learn whom to contact and what recourse you have after you've been scammed.

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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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  • New Debit Card Offers Elders a Safer Way to Pay

    Family caregivers often struggle with how to help their loved ones manage money. A new debit card offers elders a safer way to pay for purchases by preventing them from falling for common financial 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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  • 4 Medicare Open Enrollment Scams to Avoid

    Con artists tend to target seniors during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, but learning a few basic facts about how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) operates can help you easily spot and avoid Medicare-related scams.

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  • 10 Secrets Elderly Parents Keep from Their Families

    There all kinds of “secrets” that seniors may keep from their loved ones, such as falls, spending habits, elder abuse and car accidents. What should you do if you discover that Mom or Dad is hiding something that could endanger their welfare?

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  • Protecting Against Senior Investment Fraud

    You love your parents. People you haven't met love them, too. They're called scam artists, and they're after one thing: your parents' money. Investment fraud accounts for nearly 50% of all complaints received by state securities regulators and it tends to target the elderly.

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