Not so long ago, the senior members of society were treated with the compassion and respect that they deserve. Unfortunately, this is not always true today. Instances of elder abuse and fraud against the elderly continue to occur.
The media is awash with stories of trusting seniors being defrauded via an assortment of cons ranging from door-to-door salespeople, telephone callers pretending to represent government agencies or banks, and internet scams.
The old adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” is still very applicable today. The computer repairman who telephones offering to protect your computer against viruses for a small fee, may have another agenda. Anyone who asks for your bank account details nearly always has a sinister motive.
To keep yourself safe from con artists and fraudsters, never reveal private information such as bank account details or passwords over the telephone or online. Did you know that your bank will never ask for your Personal Identification Number (PIN) over the phone?
As horrifying as it sounds, some seniors have suffered neglect or violence at the hands of caregivers, nursing staff, and even their own family members. Often these cases of abuse go undiscovered for too long, because the perpetrators are in a position of trust. Sometimes the victims don’t speak out because of embarrassment.
It’s important for all seniors to be aware of the signs of elder abuse and to have an open line of communication with a trusted confidant. This is especially important for seniors who may be vulnerable due to ill health or social isolation. Who would you speak to if you had concerns about your care?
Reporting cases of elder abuse to the police is the most effective way to ensure that the abuser does not target other victims. Caregivers and healthcare professionals should also be reported to their highest level of management.
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