• Financial Exploitation The Undetected Abuse To Seniors Part 1

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    November 25, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Undetected or Unreported?

    For all types of elder abuse: for every reported case, there are 23.5 unreported cases.

    For financial exploitation: for every reported case, there are 43.9 unreported ones.

    For neglect cases: for every case undergoing investigation, there 57.2 unreported cases.

    The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study was the second-largest study ever conducted on elder abuse and the first one conducted on a statewide scope. Although the studys contents have not yet been released by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the grim figures above were presented during a recent conference.

    Scarier still, is the implication that the incidences of abuse may actually be even higher since the study excluded older persons who were unable to participate in telephone surveys.

    Surprisingly, the most commonly reported was emotional abuse, followed by physical abuse; however, financial exploitation seemed to be the most prevalent form of elder mistreatment.

    If previously undetected, how do we know if its occurring at all? And what can you do to stop it?

    Prevention

    Monitor Financial Activity. Look for these things:

    Unusual activity based on ability, e.g. ATM use by a physically impaired person
    Unexpected new withdrawals in round numbers ($50, $100, $1,000, etc.)
    Withdrawals from a savings account or from checking accounts despite of penalties
    Increased financial activity on bank statements
    Requests to change account beneficiaries or issuance of authorizations
    Elder showing signs of confusion related to finances
    Property title changes or re-financing reports

    Monitor Inheritance and Wills. Watch out for:

    Changes in Power of Attorney or Durable Power of Attorney
    Will or trust modifications when the elderly is incapable of requesting changes
    Requesting will or trust changes that are in favor of a much younger friend

    Caregivers should take note of these unusual behaviors:

    Avoidance of discussion of financial matters that were once routine
    Elderly showing signs of depression
    Caregiver says the elderly wants to avoid calls and visits
    Caregiver seeming to be overly concerned with financial matters
    Caregiver speaking for the elder even when the elder is around
    Perform background check if the caregiver has other means of support other than the elders income

    Where to Get Support

    For more resources related to elder abuse, you can contact the APS Network. You can find the appropriate contact numbers to call by clicking on the Report Abuse button on their website and then choosing your state.

    If you require immediate legal assistance, you can contact local attorneys with years of expertise in elder law. For example, in Indianapolis City, you can reach out to Applegate-Harden Law Firm.

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