2) Be Wary of Everyone
It seems depressing and paranoid to be skeptical about both your outer and inner circle. Yet it’s critical to question things that don’t add up – whether it’s from a stranger or from a family member or loved one. Sadly, 90% of reported elder abuse is perpetrated by family members. Unfortunately, much of this abuse goes unreported even when the older adult knows the abuse is happening. There are feeling of shame and embarrassment of being taken advantage of by someone they love. The fear of ratting out a family member is also a factor. Abuse can include physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, and neglect. Financial abuse is also common. The elder’s money may be drained from joint accounts or not used for what the family member is claiming. Keep your eyes peeled for fishy behavior and report elder abuse to the Adult Protective Services or an elder abuse hotline.
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