One in 10 — it’s a number that definitely gets your attention. That’s how many seniors have been abused in some form at least once, according to a study quoted in a recent Associated Press story. That’s a scary number and it has the potential to rise because of demographic trends.
December 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am
You’ve probably heard the saying, “The eyes provide a window to the soul.” We often look into someone’s eyes to determine what their intent is, and we may be able to tell if the person is lying. It’s important to have the ability to gauge someone’s intentions in order to make sure you’re not being conned. However, new studies indicate that elders may not be able to read visual cues such as signs of dishonesty. I’d suggest that as caregivers, we need to be vigilant about making sure that our loved ones are not scammed by dishonest individuals.
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October 20th, 2010 at 5:10 pm
It’s bad enough when strangers who are con artists lie, cheat and commit fraudulent acts against vulnerable and too-trusting elderly individuals. Sometimes those con artists are not strangers to your elders. Sometimes the con men and women are your blood-line relatives. When that happens, it must hurt like no one business. I can only imagine.
October 13th, 2010 at 11:08 am
Long ago, I whimsically dubbed it “neighborhooding.” At the end of my long workdays more than 20 years ago, I took the long way home. I drove through neighborhoods I might not have seen otherwise, enjoying the character of each neighborhood before I called it a day.
September 27th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
According to the FBI, elderly individuals are less likely to report fraud or scams for various reasons. Caregivers need to be vigilant of fraud schemes and criminal activities – locally and across the U.S. – especially scams which target elderly individuals.