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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: How You Can Help Our Elderly
Almost one in ten Americans age 60 and older have experienced some type of abuse. To counter that, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was June 15th, 2022. It was started by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization, and provides an opportunity to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons.

Meanwhile, here are steps to a good action plan for you to help prevent abuse of elderly family members and friends:

1.     Help prevent isolation. Abuse can lead a senior to become isolated and alternatively isolation leaves senior vulnerable to scammers who prey on these older citizens. Ways to prevent isolation are:
  • Regular visits or phone calls to the elderly person go a long way. At least three times per week is recommended by experts. If you live in a different area than the elderly person, you can do weekly phone calls, as well as emails several times per week or even video calls!
  • Don't forget, home care agencies provide professional companions. If you need a referral, don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Senior support by Seniors. There is a movement known as The Villages, a neighborhood-based membership organization, which coordinates assistance for the elderly, allowing many to remain at home. In addition, it provides connections to discounted services like grocery shopping, home health workers and social activities. There are hundreds of Villages across the country. Membership is usually several hundred dollars per year.
  • A senior day care center in your area can provide social services, such as meals and recreation, as well as therapeutic services.
2.     Look for changes in the senior's banking or spending patterns. Signs of a senior being financially abused are unpaid bills and collection letters.
  • If you notice that paying bills for the senior gets to be burdensome, one solution is to utilize the services of a Daily Money Manager, especially if you are living in a different state and not available.
  • If you suspect financial fraud, notify the bank. Bank employees go through extensive training to identify financial exploitation. They may freeze accounts when suspecting it and will report it to authorities. The banks can also look for missing money from accounts and signs of problems like unusual use of credit cards, and whether the elderly person is accompanied by an previously unknown person when visiting the bank.
3.     If necessary, contact Adult Protective Services (APS). It offers programs that promote safety, independence, and quality-of-life for adults in danger of being abused or exploited. APS investigates reports and intervenes to protect the victims. It is authorized to interview the alleged victim, contacts, and alleged abuser(s), as well as to:
  • examine evidence such as medical and bank records
  • address emergency needs for food, shelter or law enforcement protection
  • determine whether abuse is occurring
  • develop a case plan to stop the abuse and to address the client’s health and safety needs through services such as medical or mental health treatment, housing assistance, legal assistance, financial assistance, personal care, and home-delivered meals

Taking steps like the above will have a positive impact on the elderly citizens we know, especially if we do it year-round!

If you suspect or have any questions about elder abuse, feel free to contact us.

Yahne Miorini, LL.M
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Yahne Miorini, LL.M
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