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Watch for Signs of Over-Sedating in Nursing Homes

By |2019-07-11T08:01:12-07:00July 10th, 2019|

Over-sedating seniors is an unfortunate practice that is sometimes used to restrain a person’s freedom of movement. Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives are illegal to use in this manner if they aren’t prescribed as a treatment for medical conditions.  Unfortunately, Human Rights Watch estimates that each week approximately 179,000 residents of nursing homes are given antipsychotics

3 Steps to Take if a Parent Suffers a Financial Scam

By |2019-06-13T09:25:42-07:00June 19th, 2019|

Financial scammers look for targets who have money and can be easily tricked. Seniors often fit these scammers’ criteria.  Therefore, it is essential that families remain vigilant about protecting the elderly. It’s not only important to stay current about the latest trends in financial scams; it’s also essential to plan in advance how to address

Shedding Light on Unreported Elder Fraud Cases in the United States

By |2019-06-13T09:25:56-07:00June 12th, 2019|

June 15th is an important day to mark on the calendar: It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This date is a good reminder to focus on education and awareness for your family and friends. You can be proactive in protecting against all types of elder abuse, including financial abuse, physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and

5 Ways to Encourage Independence While Protecting Against Elder Abuse

By |2019-05-16T07:13:16-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Most seniors want to maintain their independence as long as possible. As a caregiver, it’s important that you protect elderly family members while also empowering them to maintain independence whenever feasible. Even if the person needs extra support, it helps if they can stay active and autonomous in other areas of their life. If you

10 Ways to Communicate When a Family Member Has Alzheimer’s

By |2019-05-16T07:13:09-07:00May 8th, 2019|

Alzheimer’s disease can be a devastating diagnosis for your loved one.  It impacts every member of your family. Communication becomes more important than ever. From becoming a better listener, to clearly stating instructions, communication is vital to your loved one’s wellbeing. Here are 10 tips to keep the lines of communication open and also help

What Seniors Should Watch Out For When Considering Solar

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00March 19th, 2019|

Contributed by Seth Tilley, General Manager, San Diego County Solar A solar electric system can help many homeowners reduce their monthly expenses while adding value to their home. Unfortunately, the solar industry has attracted some unscrupulous people who target specific populations, such as seniors. Therefore, it is wise for seniors to take extra precautions when

Four Reasons Why Seniors Fall Victim to Financial Scams

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00March 12th, 2019|

Even when it’s staring them in the face, it’s unnerving how easily an elderly person can miss a financial scam. Granted, younger family members can often spot scams a mile away.  But why do older people fall victim, even when it seems so obvious? Despite seniors’ many years of experience, today’s world has changed drastically.

Four Signs It’s Time to Call an Elder Abuse Attorney

By |2019-04-10T07:03:40-07:00February 20th, 2019|

Elder abuse is a mounting concern. It can occur in the form of either negligence or intentional harm to someone age 65 or older. While there are laws in place to protect the senior members of our community, too often issues slip through the cracks because caregivers and family members don’t recognize the problem. If