It is important for family member to always be alert to changes in patterns which may be a signal to a problem. Be alert to: unpaid bills, missing property, unexplained withdrawals from accounts, changes in banks or how statements are delivered, unfamiliar signatures on checks or documents, and changes in personal amenities and grooming items. All of these things may be signals to a problem. The vigilance of relatives and friends is key to preventing abuse. The easiest and best prevention method is to check on the elderly person often.