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Senior AbuseWhat is an Endangered Adult? An endangered adult is a person threatened with harm by another person or persons.
Abuse rendered on a senior citizen can include: physical, psychological, neglect or financial exploitation. Abuse can also include self-neglect, a person that does not take care of himself properly. Although physical abuse may be readily detectable by bruises, scars, broken bones, or cuts, the other forms of abuse may be harder to detect and harder to cure.
A typical victim of abuse is female, 70 years of age or older, and physically or mentally impaired. She usually lives with and is physically and emotionally dependent upon the abuser. Most studies indicate the abuser to be the daughter or son of the victim.
However, any senior citizen could be the victim of continued abuse by another person.
Senior Citizen: Take Good Care of YourselfThat seems like an obvious statement, but every day many seniors can't do that. They are victims of senior abuse. Senior abuse, one of the last topics to come of the closet, is a fact of life. Every day somewhere a senior citizen is being abused -- verbally, emotionally, or physically.
Seniors may be told repeatedly by a son or daughter, "Why don't you just die!" or they may be terrorized by threats, "You're going to get it when we get home. I told you not to do that." They may be physically hurt by relatives or guardians who literally "twist the arms" to sign over checks or sign power of attorney papers. They may be overly medicated in order to be easily controlled.
Why don't seniors report such behavior?
Seniors are literally in fear of being hurt or killed. They also fear abandonment. "If I turn him in, who will take care of me?"
ShameSeniors are ashamed that their children (relatives or guardians) are treating them this way. They often get into self-blame -- "If I had been a better parent, he would not treat me this way."
LoveSeniors love their children and don't want to get them into trouble.
How to spot senior abuseIf the senior is suddenly acting differently -- pay close attention. Some other things to look for:
Safety For SeniorsOlder people own more than half of all financial assets in America. At the same time, seniors are vulnerable. People over the age of 65 comprise 11 percent of the U.S. population but represent roughly 30 percent of scam victims, according to the U.S. Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that crooked telemarketers swindle older people out of $1 billion to $5 billion a year.
The disproportionate victimization of older people in connection with consumer fraud is partly attributable to generational and economic factors. Seniors grew up in an era when business was done on a handshake. Seniors are also more likely to be home when the phone rings.
The con artist uses three methods to reach his or her victim:
Remember, if you have really won a prize, you'll get it absolutely free, with no strings attached.
Con artists operating door-to-door target seniors because seniors are likely to be home when the doorbell rings. If you are interested in making a purchase from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranties, and all conditions. Tell the seller you'll check it out and get back to them. Be firm. Don't buy on impulse. You can do business on your own terms. Take the time to investigate both the seller and the offer.
Home Improvement Scams
A common door-to-door scam involves home repair.
Three Day Cooling Off Law
The Three Day Cooling Off Law gives you three business days to cancel a sale made through a home or telephone solicitation when the contract is worth more than $25.
Shopping By Mail
Know Where Your Money Goes
Guidelines for smart giving include:
Investment scams have bilked Minnesota seniors of their life savings. A common scam involves a salesperson who contacts you by phone to sell you an "investment opportunity". But, in order for you to get in on this great "deal", the salesperson will tell you he or she needs your money by tomorrow. Don't fall for it! Hanging up is often your best defense.
How to ReportSenior abuse is a serious matter. Anyone who suspects a senior is being abused must report it to the Ventura County Adult Protective Services 654-3200 (24 hours).
Remember, by reporting a suspected senior abuse case, you just might be saving the life of a senior who may not be able to speak for himself.
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