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 relief of financial hardship by the person requesting to live with the senior, only to become something entirely different. Some of the perpetrators may include family

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 of abuse, neglect, self-neglect.  Exploitation occurs when a person uses deception, harassment, intimidation, or undue influence to permanently or temporarily deprive an elder of the use, benefit

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 may. Females are abused more frequently than males, and the older the individual is, the more likely they are to be

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 often turns a deaf ear to such cries for help. Thus, preventing abuse and neglect becomes even more difficult,

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, 2014, mandatory reporting shall take effect and it has penalties for those persons that fail to report abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders.  An at-risk elder is any person

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. An individual, who befriended her mother, architected a series of events resulting in a bogus power of attorney which allowed the revision of wills and advanced directives eventually allowing