Learn the Signs, Help Prevent Elder Abuse

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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day that reminds us how important it is to protect seniors in our communities.

Each year, millions of elderly adults are abused, neglected, or are financially exploited.  Often they are taken advantage of by those they trust and rely upon for assistance. According to the Administration on Aging, elders throughout the country lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually as a result of financial abuse and exploitation. Countries across the world observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to bring awareness to this epidemic.

It is critical, especially for public servants, that we do our part to protect seniors and other vulnerable persons who are at risk of financial exploitation. In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I ask that you take time to learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect so that you will recognize them in the future. This will go a long way toward not only preventing abuse of those we serve, but also possibly preventing your loved ones from becoming victims.  Over the years, I have learned of heartbreaking cases of seniors who have lost their life’s savings as a result of deceptive scams and unscrupulous individuals.  We must work diligently to prevent such unthinkable acts.

On June 16, the second World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Global Summit will be held. It is a day of collaboration with national policy makers, advocates, financial services institutions, media, social services organizations and members of the public. I will share the many steps we have taken to raise awareness and to prevent the incidence of financial exploitation.

There is so much to learn about this issue. I encourage you to visit the Administration for Community Living and www.ncea.aoa.gov for more information. As we increase our awareness, each of us can become more proactive in our efforts to protect elderly adults in our communities and families.

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  2. Elder abuse can be of different types like financial, emotional, physical, mental, and sexual. But it is crucial to look for signs of abuse to report it immediately. Some seniors try to avoid telling about this due to embarrassment but you must get to know the details to help your loved one reduce fear and be confident.
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  3. My sister-in- law simply “moved in” with her parents when the property the owned and let her live in flooded. she never left. she bullied and harassed her parents and limited, then finally excluded access of the parents from her 2 brothers. “Mom” died a few years ago- of cancer. The daughter controlled her pain meds (and refused to give them); refused to produce “Mom’s” jewlery so it could be divided among the grandchildren and isolated the “Mom” such that daughter Ruta was the only person who attended her death. “Mom’s” will was never probated, cutting the brothers out of $100,000 each in inheritance.

    Daughter stayed in the home and now controlled her father, isolating him at home, not allowing him any private conversation with his sons or even a priest. “Dad” also died unattended by anyone other than his daughter. the remains were so deteriorated that the casket was closed and the sons never saw their father in death (or for months prior).

    The daughter remains in the home and will not allow entry, by anyone. It is believed that the home is in shambles and possible contaminated with mold from water left standing in the basement.

    I called authorities several times, but they would not do anything unless the parents made the requests-which they were not willing to do against their own daughter.

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