by Connie De La Rosa
Here are some things you might notice in an elderly loved one which could indicate financial abuse or being the victim of scams:
- Worrying about finances, having unanticipated financial problems
- Unexplained purchases, missing cash or valuables
- Difficulty explaining purchases or confusion over a purchase or service contract, excessive repairs or items being purchased for the home.
- Giving financial control to a new caregiver, neighbor or friend.
- Steps you can to help safeguard your elderly loved one:
- Regularly evaluate how they are doing by providing a periodic evaluation by calling in and visiting in person.
- Determine ways to simplify finances and possibly consider a system for oversight(regular review/access by a trusted professional or family member).
Share information about popular scams and when confronted with a salesperson over the phone or at their front door, your loved one should redirect them to a trusted family and state that they do not make these kinds of decisions to please contact the family which will help with your elder from being scammed.
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