Many people find it inconceivable that someone would take advantage of an innocent senior. Unfortunately, these problems occur worldwide. Families and caregivers need to be proactive in looking for ways to protect their loved ones. Even if you think the person is safe, there are many situations that could do them harm. You can’t be
Elder abuse takes place in many ways. Most incidents happen in the victim’s home. While families often search for signs of financial or physical abuse, many don’t think to watch for signs of prescription medication abuse. Here are a few insights that might help you better protect the health of your family member. Preventing Abuse
Elder abuse frequently occurs at home. It’s an unfortunate fact, but perpetrators can be family members and others who are close to the victim. Unknowing seniors are also vulnerable to in-home care professionals, local businesses, financial professionals and others who might take advantage of them. It’s essential to stay vigilant for signs of elder abuse.
According to the United Nations, the world population will reach 8.1 billion by 2025. (Source: USA Today, June 13, 2013). That means a hefty increase in the global population of people over the age of 60. Based on available evidence, 5 to 10 per cent of older people globally may experience some kind of financial
Those who financially abuse older adults come from many sources. Unfortunately, one of the most common sources of elder financial abuse is from the victim’s family. Too often, a child or grandchild feels entitled to money. They justify their actions by reasoning that they will eventually get their inheritance, anyway. Or, a chronically struggling adult
Older adults have a greater risk of falling for something that seems like an innocent phone conversation. To make matters worse, phone scammers are finding ever more devious ruses to trick people. One of today’s most cunning robocall schemes seems harmless, but a single word could result in long-lasting problems for the receiver. “Can You
Older adults are often the victims of online scams. Many of them don’t understand the dangers lurking in the online world. Prevention is always the best strategy. But, even a proactive safety plan can’t ensure complete protection. Once they’ve fallen prey to an online scam, seniors often don’t know what to do or where to
[Senior Safe & Sound is hosting this guest blog from the Pleural Mesothelioma Center.] Medical treatment can be costly. Let’s look at one example. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that is diagnosed typically in seniors after long-before occupational exposure to asbestos. Specialty mesothelioma cancer centers, which provide the best chances of survival, could
No one questions that the internet is an integral part of modern life. But, it can also present dangerous situations that could harm your family, especially seniors. Older adults are interested in staying connected digitally. They enjoy opportunities to view pictures and updates of grandchildren. They like to explore ways to save money, receive discounts
People who come into contact with aging adults may at times suspect that some form of abuse is occurring. This abuse might be financial, physical, sexual, or simple neglect. More than just being good citizens, certain professionals and caregivers are required by law to report the suspected abuse. These individuals are known as Mandated Reporters.