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Elder Abuse

Intentional or negligent act by someone who abuses, neglects or exploits a vulnerable senior. This person can be anyone including a family member, care giver, or "trusted" friend. Here are samples of... more
Intentional or negligent act by someone who abuses, neglects or exploits a vulnerable senior. This person can be anyone including a family member, care giver, or "trusted" friend. Here are samples of elder abuse: * Physical abuse - causing injury * Exploitation - illegally taking assets away or concealment of funds * Sexual abuse - non-consensual sexual contact * Emotional abuse - inflicting mental or emotional pain through verbal or nonverbal contacts It is best to speak to an Elder Law attorney where your elder loved one resides to get the best possible advice.
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Questions and Answers

Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

Your dad would need to sign a new power of attorney (POA) to transfer the authority to you (or back to you) and revoke the prior POA(s). It sounds like, however, he may be suseptiable to undue influence. So possibly his girlfriend could get him to sign another POA again and it becomes difficult to... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.
Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

I would reach out to the Mayor's Commission on Aging in Philadelphia. The mission of the Mayor's Commission on Aging is to improve the quality of life for older adults in Philadelphia. Opportunities and Services for Philadelphia Residents 55+. Their services are Free to Residents. They are located... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.
Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

If you have any clear evidence of elder financial abuse by someone, you should report it to adult protective services and the police. However, it sounds like you are just noticing some irregular charges. It also sounds like you have tried to speak with your mom about this. You might want to bring up... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.
Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

You can call a government agency available is all states called Adult Protective Services. They will investigate any report of neglect, abuse, or theft from an elder. Also check with www.caremanager.com for a referral to an Aging specialist in your area. Sounds like Financial Elder Abuse maybe... more

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and...  (more)We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families and loved ones. The material provided through our site is made available for informational purposes only. In no way should users of our site rely or act upon any information provided herein without seeking appropriate professional advice (medical, legal or financial). Users should independently verify the accuracy, completeness and relevance for their specific purposes. The information provided through our site is not intended to constitute professional advice and in no way forms or constitutes a professional-client relationship of any kind.