Elder Abuse

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 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.

Recent Answers

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)

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 stop that, which is when some people turn to the court to get a conservatorship or guardianship. However, you would need to show your dad cannot manage his finances himself and he sounds very active.

You could transfer and ensure all of his assets are in his trust, including the bank accounts, since the POA only controls non-trust assets. 

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families 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.

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)

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 at 100 South Broad Street 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19110.  Their office phone number is (215) 686-8450 

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families 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.

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)

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 a time where you had and issue with fraudulent charges and how you handled it or a story you had heard so mom is not as embarrassed. 

Do you have a durable power of attorney for mom? If so that document might allow you to access her accounts and review the charges. If mom does not have this document in place it would be a good idea to see an attorney to draft one. This will allow you to manage mom's finances in the event she cannot. 

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families 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.

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)

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 happening from computer fraud (such as the ransom virus where it makes you pay money to get control of your computer, which you never get back).  Also, she could have a friend (even a BOYfriend or someone faking as a romantic partner) who is asking for money. Or it could be a relative or a neighbor who is the abuser.  

We at Care Giving Answers strive to provide helpful and relevant information to senior citizens and their families 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.