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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Elder Abuse

Caregivers: Protect Seniors from Hurricane Relief Scams

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

As if the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Harvey wasn’t enough, another threat is rising in the wreckage: Disaster-related charity scams. Even worse? Many of these ruthless fraudsters have philanthropic seniors in their sights. Here’s a closer look at this elder care issue, along with tips on how caregivers can help seniors avoid falling victim to these opportunistic predators.

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The Heartbreak of Financial Scams on the Elderly

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 01:41 PM

A recent CNN article shares the experiences of 83-year-old John Gutz, who narrowly avoided being bilked out of $10,000 by a ruthless scammer. Thanks to the intervention of his daughter, Gutz walked away from this particular incident unscathed financially. However, he’s one of the lucky few. The reality is that seniors are increasingly being targeted by an ever-growing breadth and depth of scams and schemes. Here’s what all caregivers should know.

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Elder Fraud: What You Must Know to Avoid The IRS Imposters

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 @ 03:20 PM

From declining minds and bodies to the desire for independence and housing issues, seniors today face many challenges. Near the top of the list? Financial scams. The IRS recently highlighted one particular problem aimed at draining senior bank accounts: imposters posing as IRS representatives. 

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A Caregiver's Guide to Recognizing the Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

A former nursing assistant in Oregon was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting several seniors in his care. Unfortunately, this wasn't an isolated incident. Sexual abuse is an equal opportunity threat, and elders are not immune. There's no better time to shine the light on this serious subject than during April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Read More

What Caregivers Need To Know To Prevent Identity Theft and Elder Abuse in Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 02:55 PM

In conversations about senior safety, physical and emotional wellness often take center stage. But what about financial wellness? With identity theft a growing problem in the United States and seniors particularly susceptible to it, it's critical for caregivers to understand this rising threat. Read on for a closer look at identity theft, along with four caregiver tips aimed at helping seniors reduce their risk of becoming victims.

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Thought Leader Series: Is Something Wrong? Warning Signs Your Parent Might Be Abused

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 04:41 PM

Topics: Elder Abuse


Family is the core of life. Parents take care of their children. In turn, children look after their parents. An aging parent is a difficult part of life to navigate. Whether they are in their own home, your house, or in a retirement facility, you want the best care for them.

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What Caregivers Need to Know about Elder Abuse

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 02:41 PM

Topics: Elder Abuse

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable seniors are neglected, abused or exploited every year in this country. Even worse? The majority of cases go unreported. Caregivers who are aware of this troubling phenomenon and familiarize themselves with the warning signs can prevent their aging loved ones from becoming victimized and more fully able to safeguard the seniors in their care.

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Seniors and Poverty: What all Caregivers Should Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 03:33 PM

America's senior population is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 45 percent of Americans over the age of 65 live below the poverty level. What does this mean in human terms?

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Health Scams and Seniors: What Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

In the age of the Internet, scams abound. These scams can be sent disguised as a plea from a family member, a friend asking for financial assistance, or even as a contest that needs a "tax fee" to receive winnings. According to a MetLife study of elder financial abuse, elderly victims of financial scams lost at least $2.9 billion in 2010. Some of these scams lead to identity theft, which comes with an added series of problems. mmLearn.org offers videos for family members and caregivers to help identify financial abuse of the elderly.

As the digital age evolves, scammers have developed new ways to mask their scams. Health scams have become increasingly difficult to identify. These scams can target anyone, but often seniors are the victims.
Fraud committed against senior citizens is so prevalent that the FBI has done research identifying why senior citizens have become targets. Seniors' health concerns and savings make them a health scammer's ideal target.

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The Six Warning Signs of Elder Abuse Everyone Must Know

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

Elder abuse is a very real problem, and often goes unnoticed and unreported. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is because so many seniors are afraid or embarrassed to report it. In fact, one study from the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect indicates that for every single report of abuse, an additional five go unreported.

Here's what we do know: millions of seniors are victimized by elder abuse every year, and many of them are powerless to do anything about it. That's where you come in. Your vigilance offers protection to seniors while helping to put an end to this troubling phenomenon. Let's count down the common types of elder abuse, along with distinct signs for each type.

Emotional abuse does not always leave visible evidence. 

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