Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

Keep your eyes peeled for unapid bills, missing property, changes in banks or attorneys, missing mail, unfamiliar signatures on checks, changes in spending patterns, lack of personal hygiene.  Determine who is going to take responsibility for an elderly parent, both physically and financially.  If you suspect a person of taking advantage of an elderly parent or friend or relative, order a background check of that person.  Don’t leave incoming or outgoing mail in an unsecured mail box.  Shred identifying documents.  Assist the elderly in checking credit reports.  Set up caller id to determine who is calling.