Warning Signs Of Financial Abuse
|Home||Elderly Abuse||Elderly Care||Elderly Health||Elderly Law||Death & Mourning||Retirement|
Seniors are most prone to financial abuse in the American society. More often than not, such abuse is perpetrated by the caregiver or close family members. Not all elderly are prone to such problems but it is advised that close family members be vigilant of such a situation. People who are prime targets are elderly who still have financial control over their assets and bank accounts.
Financial abuse on the elderly is often perpetrated, when their property or finances is used in an inappropriate way. Elderly financial abuse can occur among the rich or poor, but more importantly it occurs on unguarded people. Most of the elders suffer from memory and weakness problems. They are often not able to decide for themselves. They do not know what is happening and fail to address because they are scared. In a situation of abuse, most elderly suffer from fear.
Caregivers are often responsible for the abuse on the elderly. It is not only financial abuse but other kinds like emotional and sexual abuse also. The caregivers usually have unrestricted access to the elderly, which makes it a reason for the abuse. The control and power they have over the elderly causes such problems. A financial abuse is caused when a caregiver, uses the elderly bank accounts, income and personal items for their own benefit. Also, the lack of mobility in the senior’s life aggravates such problems. Their dependency on the caregiver is often misappropriated. The caregiver can also indulge in identity theft of the senior and use their financial security to their own benefit. If a family member observes that appropriate care is not being given to the elderly, it may be one of the signs of financial abuse.
Financial abuse on the elderly can be caused by external parties also. Scammers are prevalent all over the place and they often identify vulnerable targets. Some of them can pose as fake charities, jackpot prizes and also through investment fraud. Just acquaintances and people who interact with the elderly can do that. A close family member should observe their loved one and the people whom they are moving around with. It is possible to identify the fraud in time with close interaction with your loved one. Also these cases are highly prevalent with the elderly who live alone. Set up a system where you become the financial advisor for your loved one in such cases.
Report cases of fraud, if you were able to identify one in your loved one’s case. Almost all the states in the US have a help line number for reporting such incidents. Talk to a doctor or a trusted party about such problems if you are unsure about reporting.
More Articles :