Sunday, May 17, 2009

Elder abuse

Abuse comes in all forms. This past week I learned of an elderly lady who was financially exploited by the caregivers she hired. She was progressing rapidly in her dementia and the caregivers were writing out checks to themselves forging her name. A bank teller picked up on something was not right; however this happened after several thousand dollars were taken.

One of the recommendations for aging deliberately is for all individuals who reach retirement age or before, decide how they wish their estate to be handled and make arrangements with someone they trust to follow their wishes. If there is no family there are means of setting up accounts at banks or through an attorney to establish a plan for one's estate.

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