Elderly citizens can be targets for abuse, whether it be emotional or physical. Although much of the elderly abuse reported in the news takes place at medical facilities, it may be surprising to know that in many cases, the victim’s spouse is the culprit. Aging affects people differently, and some people become quite helpless. Couples that grow old together may have difficulty caring for each other, » Read More
The difficult time may come when a beloved family member is no longer able to care for themselves or make their own decisions. For family members of the aging or disabled, these decisions are also not something that should wait until the situation becomes serious and immediate steps need to be taken. The time to plan for guardianship for a loved one is now to ensure that their well-being and security are protected. » Read More
Many seniors use the power of attorney as part of their estate planning. When drafted correctly, a power of attorney can help protect the assets of an elderly person by allowing a trusted individual to legally act on their behalf with respect to financial or medical matters. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When an agent abuses their legal authority, » Read More
Taking financial advantage of an older individual is a type of elder abuse that robs many seniors of financial security when they most need it. Each year, almost three million dollars is stolen as individuals exploit the vulnerability and trust of seniors from all walks of life. Elderly persons who have survived financial elder abuse often need legal assistance to hold responsible parties liable for their actions. » Read More
It is important to discuss long-term care options with the elderly, preferably before the need arises. However, because many elderly people who require long-term care are resistant to accepting help, their loved ones should have a strategy for dealing with the resistance and making sure they receive the necessary care and assistance.
It is common for the elderly to resist accepting help that is offered by either a medical professional or a family member. » Read More
One of the hardest things for a caregiver is taking the car keys away from an older driver. In fact, the National Safety Council conducted a survey of adult children, and 36 percent responded that this discussion would be harder than talking about funeral plans. Driving allows seniors to maintain their independence, and they may feel threatened if their right to drive is at risk. » Read More