Lifting Up the Voices of Social Security Beneficiaries

" "Elder Abuse is something most people don’t like to talk about. Yet, research shows that as many as two million elders are abused in the United States every year. With the help of our partners at Social Security, the National Center on Elder Abuse believes we can all find a solution to physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and neglectful abuse against the elderly.

The National Center on Elder Abuse provides the latest information, research, training, best practices, and resources on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Our agency was first established by the U.S. Administration on Aging in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center.

At the heart of elder abuse is a leading factor of abuse — social isolation. Isolation, in this context, means a scarce amount of close relationships and social contact with family and/or friends. Research shows that older adults who have poor social networks are consistently more at risk. Although social isolation can show up in many ways, building strong community support is essential to deterring abuse.

Social Security is a pinnacle of reliability and steadfastness for older adults. When Social Security speaks, people listen. We applaud the agency’s efforts to communicate with and provide resources for the elderly.

The other day a frightened 84-year-old gentleman contacted our offices. He received a call from “Social Security” stating that his Social Security number and Medicare information had been compromised. They needed him to verify his information over the phone. At first, the call seemed legitimate but then he thought it was odd that Social Security would call him to verify his personal information. He hung up, fearful that someone was trying to steal his identity. We assured him he did the right thing and instructed him to report that information to the Office of Inspector General online or by calling (800) 269-0271.

We also urged him to report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site related to Social Security scams. He was grateful for these resources and relieved to know where to file his report. This infrastructure of support empowers individuals.

You can help us in our endeavor to Lift Up the Voices against elderly abuse by downloading our Support and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention, STEAP. Together, we can build a society that, as we age, embraces the power, wisdom, and beauty of years of learning and growing.

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43 thoughts on “Lifting Up the Voices of Social Security Beneficiaries

  1. All of us can make a small change with elder abuse. If you know someone who is stuck at home visit them, or take them for a ride, or out to dinner, talk on the phone. Just be available and willing to help and we can all make a small contribution to stop the isolation.

  2. This is a good program for prevention of elder abuse. It is of great help to give awareness and tips for the elders against fraud calls just to get their identity.
    I am great full to have this information.

  3. Our compliments on your compassionate and caring about Elder Abuse.

    One of the most annoying phenomenon is “robo calls.” We know that we are not supposed to answer the tele. if we do not know the person on the other line, or if we do not recognize the tele. no.

    And when we have complained, we are told to contact some Federal Communication agency and they have on line forms to complete, and at the end, nothing happens.

    If you can find a solution to this problem, which we feel confident that you can as part of the Federal agency family , it will be greatly appreciated.

    GKC

    • My Congressman (Colin Allred) is co-sponsor of a bill that is trying to do exactly that! But it will likely be killed in the Senate by do-nothing MM.

    • My Congressman is co-sponsor of a bill to do exactly that! Colin Allred. But it will likely die in the Senate, like every bill these days.

  4. While I lack evidence so far, I am convinced that LRADs is in widespread uses not only by police but even your neighbors who harass you with LRADs. If you do not know what a LRAD is, please go to the Internet and dig really hard as if you are a victim yourself or ask me for more answers..

  5. We also have so many Elderly that are alone. No family or relatives at all. They need to be cared about also, consider that as abuse? Veterans who are neglected and homeless? We need to do something.

  6. One of the things I started at church is forming a volunteer group offering a good morning call daily or a short visit on certain days, have a group of elders get together to play a mutually liked game on occasion, remember birthdays with sharing a home made birthday cake or church members sending a birthday card. Important holidays such as Christmas should never be spent alone…invite an elderly person to your home. A ride to the doctor or dentist, food shopping, etc is always gratefully accepted. To be included in these things the elderly person is asked to be put on a list of recipients.
    We all we be elderly one day. Think about it.

  7. I feel confident in SS Departments.On July 8,2019 at 4:36PM Igot a call from number 1(646)594-3974 told me that”This call from the Department of SS administration that just suspend my SS number because of some suspicious activity.”I know I don’t have anything wrong and ldon’t answer.

  8. I watched as my Mom was neglected everyday. My sister & her husband lived with her claiming they took care of her all day. My Mom would not allow me to do what was right because she thought my sister and husband were better than sliced bread. I know my sister slept all day due to her own illnesses. Mom did have lunch and dinner when it was made for her. So What I’m saying is look deeper if you have suspitions. trust the belly barometer

  9. trabajo como voluntario en Piper center for social servicios,Inc en el senior companion program of SW florida y he observado como a algunos ancianos que atendemos se les abusa, y muchas veces se niegan a denunciarlo, en un caso use los recursos del banco donde el recibe su cheque de ayuda suplemntaria y se pudo resolver que la hija y la nieta le siguieran sustrqyendo el dinero de su ayuda, pero el siempre se nego a realizar una denuncia, es importantisimo toda la informacion que se le pueda brindar a estas organizaciones para que los voluntarios aprendamos tambien a manejar estos casos con suficiente destreza

  10. I hope most people that were born and Educated in The United States of America know why it was Colonized and fought for INDEPENDENCE from Britain. It was because of Double Taxation by the British government. We are going right back to the type of government. Start SS you pay taxes into SS fund. You retire draw SS of which that amount is taxed again.Then if you go further if that per son wants to work and makes to much during the year. They are taxed again at the end of the year. So if you want to help abuse of the Elderly start with the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Do away with all the taxes after Retirement. I am 74 years old and do pretty well. Please don’t disregard this comment. The elderly needs help. This is the financial part. Thank You

  11. Why are our local utility companies, and owners allowed to demand our SSN in order to establish service?
    I have been trained for many years Not to give out our SSN….

  12. This number below call my # many time of course I didn’t answer unknown caller .. but here is the message left in my voicemail =
    I knew it’s a scammer I hope the phone number listed can get them .New voicemail from +18000509213.

    Related to your social security number. We have been forced to suspend your social security number with immediate effect due to this all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance. In case you feel this is due to an error. You may connect with legal cell of Social Security Administration in order to connect with a Social Security Administration officer, press one now, in case we did not hear from you. Your social will be blocked permanently to connect with the officer now, press one and your will be automatically be connected with the concerned departments. We did not receive any input their citizen in order to speak with Social Security Personnel regarding your social security, press one and this automated system will connect you with the officials. Press one now to connect

  13. These scams imposters are on rampage these days. We (me and my husband) receive several phone calls from IRS scam imposters, claiming that we owe taxes. They leave the messages; demanding that we pay the amount immediately with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They even threaten to arrest us if we don’t pay. We just ignore them as AARP magazine does publish articles on the similar scams from time to time to bring awareness to elderly senior citizens. The calls of this nature also can be reported by calling TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484.

  14. I Appied for Social Security within three weeks or more I was awarded 100% disability from the VA. But when i gave a copy to Social Security. One week later I was Denied!
    I don’t understand why. I contact Washington D.C.
    Social Security office twice and never received a reply back. You don,t know how angry i was.

  15. I have suspicions that my brother may be using our deceased fathers social security number as well as my mothers. My father is deceased and a veteran . I am having difficulty finding anything out for my mother. She is 80 a surviving widow. Her living conditions are getting difficult and she needs to move .

  16. I am 68 yrs. old and living on a fixed income of 1213.00 a month. ..In 2017 , my daughter who lived in a different town than i, phoned me asking if I would cosign for her to get a car. . I said I couldn’t ,I had no credit . She pleaded saying that a dealership in town told her that wouldn’t be a problem, I recently was contact ed by a finance company concerning a late payment on an account I didn’t know about.. I said you must be mistaken, I don’t purchase anything on credit ,if I can’t pay cash I don’t buy it. He assured me there was no mistake. AS I MENTIONED , to him that was a cosign and he should contact my daugtor . I did sign some papers , ,I thought I was cosigner because I never recived copies of any contract I supposedly signed ,brought to me in atown where I lived at the time. .MY daughter called me saying , the dealership brought the car to where she was working and that they would be bringing me papers to sign.In a couple of days .I felt something wasn’t right but thought perhaps things had changed since I had made a purchase s in the past. So my daughter had a vehicle delivered to her in one town in my name while I lived in another town without me siging any thing at the time. I comme ted that something didn’t sound right. to make a long story short. I just realized , not only was I vitimized by my own daughter she refused to talk to me about this situation and leave saying she didnt want to discuss anything with me saying how stupid I am. 2days ago she totled the car which had no insurance and God only knows how many payment s she was behind. I dont know how tofind out about the delimma im in and she avoids me and demeans me when I try talking to her.. Where can I go , for help to make her be accountable. I cant afford to pay for a car. I am terrified. I AM willing to press charges…

  17. Hello,

    I would like to mention, concerning SS retirement only, the abuse that is perpetrated against elders by the Soc Sec Admin. Such as:
    1. An hour on hold for SSA telephone customer service
    2. Over 600 days to receive a decision on an appeal
    3. Lists upon list of SSA created “qualifications”
    4. Demanding decades old information/proof of evidence
    5. An overemphasis of denial of benefits, rather than granting benefits
    6. Misinformation provided by SSA staff
    7. Undated, unsigned, unidentified authors of SSA written communications. No basic written business format.
    8. No regular written updates of appeal process. Not everyone has access to the internet.
    9. Complete black hole of communication once an appeal has been submitted.
    10. Receiving confusing written communication and/or two contradictory letters.
    11. #10 requiring telephone calls or SSA office visits for clarification, only to receive no clarification.
    12. No legal or consumer representation available for SSA retirement issues. IRS has a consumer representative, why not SSA?

    Just a few issues, I am sure others can also identify SSA abuses of elders. SSA, don’t get mad at the list, fix the abuses!

  18. Now if only Florida would actually enforce the laws regarding Elder Exploitation. What good are these laws if they are not enforced? What about all the victims that have no recourse when they are turned away when trying to file a police report, even with documented proof of the exploitation? We were told those cases are hard to prove in court ( mom could not see but yet when a distant relative took mom to a lawyer to sign Quit Claim Deed giving her joint tenancy with survivorship benefits, her signature is on it, but slanted upwards since she could not see what she was signing, which she was told was her Will by the relative. Medical records show proof of that among all the other evidence that she lacked capacity to consent) and that we could go to State Attn Office without filing police report. But they told us that a report has to be taken and forwarded to them from Sheriff Dept. Nobody with the authority to help will actually help. Mom was denied Medicaid for a nursing home because of “giving away 50% interest” of her house when she was deceived into signing the quit claim deed, told that could of been used for her care, and she could not sell house to pay for it since distant relative refused to sign moms house back to her or for mom to sell and pay for her care, instead waited for mom to pass away and now is filing lawsuits to get us out of the family home we built ourselves block by block, blood, sweat, and tears, after moving to the property in 1989. And its being facilitated by the system, not stopped. My mom isn’t the only victim of Elder Abuse and Exploitation, there are numerous victims that are turned away when reaching for help. The State picks and chooses when it comes to upholding and enforcing the laws, pretty much giving the green light for more and more people to abuse and exploit our elderly knowing they won’t be held accountable. And they claim to have best interest at hand for our elderly, their actions (or lack there of) show a whole different picture…

  19. I’m.48 years old and have health issues and my x continues to manipulate me and beat up on me and curse me really bad…I live in an RV I .the backyard of my mother’s house and my mom won’t let me run my pipes ronjee septic tank…eveeutygies on the ground….it’s just awful ….my youngest daughter is with my x boyfriend now….they are making it so barf for me to even survive out here. they are treating up my vehicle and my ac and I can’t take no more

  20. My x- husband passed away when he was 59. We were divorced in NYS in 1984. I never received any child support, or any other monies. He had a girlfriend that received his insurance and other monies with a value of over $300,000.00. My children got nothing and it was because the state he lived Marion Sue Carabellowas in Illinois and that was their law. He was a VP of a company and made a good deal of money. His name was Donald Gordon Jr., dob 6/16/44. I do not have his social security but I can get it from my files and divorce papers. I want to make sure that the girlfriend did not put in for his social security. If anyone is claiming it I would like to know. You can reach me at 336-534-5735. I now live in an apartment. My social security number is *** – ** – ***. My date of birth is 10/12/1946. My social security monthly is $888.00. I will wait for your. Reply. Thank you, Marion Carabello

  21. Can you find are send me SSDI are mail at to me at 411 Martin Luther King Blvd Gretna 32332…..Are Mrs. Robinson she help find me number is 850-856-5970

  22. Nice article about elder abuse. While signing up for one item at this site, I encountered an error. Well I managed to continue setting up the account and then correctly answered security questions eventually. They wanted me to go in before I had the account set up, but since I managed to set it up and pass security questions I figured I proved myself. So for two months have been waiting and the online part is stuck. Found out they hadn’t checked the site since. In spite of passing the security questions they still want me to prove myself. Pardon me, but done deal. I did that. Why are tax dollars being wasted doing this all over again? Are you kidding? I’m so burned out on this site that I’m ready to just skip it. I find the whole process abusive to seniors. Yes I will lose things, but after this, if this is the way it’s going to be, I don’t want it. I am just truly tired of it.

  23. My name is Joseph Allegro I am the inventor of a product now known as solar roofing. I received a US and patents for this technology in 1979 for solar roofing water heating. Then I received a grant by the DOE in 1984 to continue. In 1992 further US patent led to the Hybrid Solar Electric, Water Heating Roof Panel. Providing solar water heating and electric now manufactured and sold in the USA with no affiliations to me.Tesla Motors now owns the nation’s largest solar roofing panel installer. This information can be found on goggle at Inner Solar Roof Systems Inc.

    The reason I am contacting the Social Security Commissioner is to know if there is a some cause where I can be initialed to Social Security benefits. Please understand after engineering this product more then twenty five years working on my own cost to bring this technology forward. Due to the Great Recession of 2008 I was at a loss not able to continue which led USA to profit. Now I am 68 retired with only 5 Social Security credits not enough to be accepted for Social Security benefits. Social Security Commissioner should apply additional credits or years of work done.
    Sincerely,
    Joseph Allegro

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