Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation can occur at the hands of anyone that interacts with him or her. It is important for those who care to know the signs of abuse, either physical
Physical abuse includes beating, hitting, shoving, neglect and other acts that can cause harm to an elder’s fragile body. Look for physical signs such as: bruises, abrasions, poor coloration, malnutrition, dehydration, and soiled clothing or bed.
Psycho-logical abuse includes verbal berating, harassment, intimidation, threats of punishment, demeaning comments or isolation from family and friends. Look for these signs of psychological abuse: fear, anxiety, agitation, anger, isolation, or depression. He or she may withdrawal, be non-responsive or hesitate to talk openly.
Another common way the elderly can be abused is through financial or material exploitation. This includes improper use of an elder’s funds, property or assets. The abuser could cash the elder’s checks without permission, forge his or her signatures, force or deceive the elder to sign a document or use an ATM/debit card without permission.
To report Abuse call: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) and to learn more call
1. Carry a Social Security card
2. Give personal information over the telephone
3. Carry multiple credit cards
4. Print Identification numbers on checks
5. Answer unsolicited email that asks for your personal information.
1. Review statements & bills promptly
2. Shred personal mail and information
3. Stop mail while you are on vacation
4. Shop online only with merchants that have se-cure websites.
5. Copy all items in your wallet and keep with personal papers in a safe place.
Preventing Financial Exploitation
1. Use direct deposit for check payments you receive.
2. Don’t sign blank checks allowing another person to fill in the amount.
3. Don’t leave money or valuables in plain view.
4. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand.
5. Be aware of scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
6. Don’t pay for any prize or send money to improve your chances to win or receive a prize.
7. Don’t give any caller your credit card number or any other form of personal identification.
8. Don’t give anyone your ATM access code, and cancel your ATM card immediately if it is stolen.
9. Be cautious of joint accounts. Both parties are equal owners of the account and both have equal access to the funds in the account.
10. Build good relationships with the professionals who handle your money.
Advanced Senior Solutions are members of the American Association of Daily Money Managers and are insured and bonded in order to assist you with Bill Paying and
Financial Services. Call: 727-443-2273.