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Elder Abuse You May Be Overlooking

An estimated 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse. Abuse is often underreported, so it is our responsibility to recognize the types and signs.  Physical Abuse includes any time physical pain is inflicted. Bruises are often dismissed, however abused seniors are more likely...

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Broken Trust: Responding to Elder Financial Abuse

It’s been three years since Dottie’s husband passed away.  She took good care of him right up to the end.  That’s what people do when they’ve been married as long as Dottie and her husband.  She’s on her own now and lonely.  Bill always paid the bills and oversaw their retirement investments.  Now, it’s...

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New Colorado Law for Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse

The Colorado law now has mandatory reporting requirements so that at-risk elders are afforded more protection. (C.R.S. 18-6.5-108)    On July 1, 2014, mandatory reporting of abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders began. An at-risk elder is any person who is age 70 or older.  Abuse includes all forms...

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Once empty, the nest ought not to re-fill

There is a growing form of Elder Exploitation wherein adult children, other family members or friends return to live with senior parents or grandparents. This form of Financial Exploitation occurs under the guise of ‘helping’ the senior victim with day-to-day living. It may also be presented as a temporary...

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Answering the Call: Local Program Helps Family Caregivers Prepare for Senior Emergencies

It’s the midnight call that can strike terror in the hearts of so many local family caregivers. “Mom has suffered a stroke,” or “Dad accidentally overdosed on his medications.” Resources are available for those adult children who live in fear of getting “the call” that tells them their senior loved...

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“If It Sounds Too Good To Be True; It Probably Is!

Elder Abuse - Would You Recognize It If You Saw It? Helen is 83 years young and is proud to still be living on her own; so far she manages pretty well with most things except driving. She gave that up for fear of having an accident that would hurt someone else. Helen's granddaughter Jesse lives a few...

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Folks…We’re Still Being Scammed!Stop the Madness with These Simple Steps

I have been featuring articles focusing on the scams and exploitation tactics that have been targeted at seniors in Southwest Florida.  Sadly, however, statistics show that seniors continue to be victimized at an alarming rate.  Please take steps to protect yourself before you are a victim.  Be careful,...

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A Lesson Learned By An Ombudsman

One of my first complaint investigation as a Long Term Care Ombudsman came from a man who stated he was being denied dessert by staff at meal times. When I asked the facility about this they responded that he is diabetic and should not have sweets by order of a physician and request of the family. ...

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Have You Seen “Last Will and Embezzlement”

A few weeks ago I was invited to a screening of the  film “Last Will and Embezzlement”.  The documentary, produced by filmmaker, Pamela S.K. Glasner, underscores the serious and imminent danger of elder exploitation and victimization after her own father, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was victimized....

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Social Media and Your Privacy

 More than 150 million Americans already use social media and the number grows daily because it makes it so easy to keep up with friends, family and colleagues, share pictures and learn about great events. But, some people are sharing too much information and are not using privacy controls. According...

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Have You Seen “Last Will and Embezzlement”

A few weeks ago I was invited to a screening of the  film “Last Will and Embezzlement”.  The documentary, produced by filmmaker, Pamela S.K. Glasner, underscores the serious and imminent danger of elder exploitation and victimization after her own father, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was victimized....

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Financial Elder Abuse: Can You Do the Math?

I received a letter with an AARP logo informing that I may have sewer line issues and that I should contact a particular company to investigate or I might be personally liable for damage to my sewer line and to the homes of my neighbors. The reality is that I have a well and septic and no sewer system....

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Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry...

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Abuse and Neglect

Abuse of a senior or vulnerable adult happens much more often than most of us have any idea. Approximately 9.5% of the US population over the age of 65 experiences some type of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation. We like to think that it won’t happen in our families. Unfortunately, it can and very well...

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Elder Abuse You May Be Overlooking

An estimated 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse. Abuse is often underreported, so it is our responsibility to recognize the types and signs. PHYSICAL ABUSE includes any time physical pain is inflicted. Bruises are often dismissed, however abused seniors are more likely...

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Prevention of Elder Abuse

The best way to eliminate elder abuse is to prevent it from ever happening. Yet, when it does occur, the cycle can be difficult to break as the elderly are often silent in their suffering. Seniors may be physically unable to respond to abuse or afraid of the consequences if they speak up and our society...

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New Colorado Law for Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse

Colorado has a new law that requires mandatory reporting of abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders. (C.R.S. 18-6.5-108)  In 2013, the general assembly expanded the law to create mandatory reporting requirements so that at-risk elders are afforded more protection under the law.  Beginning on July 1,...

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Be Aware of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

 Getting older should af-ford you more respect, not less. No one at any age should be subjected to physical or mental abuse. If you are a senior and believe that you are in an abusive situation, it is important for you to know that you have rights and realize that elder abuse is a crime. As Americans,...

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