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TIME SENSITIVE - ELDER ABUSE PROTECTIONS BEING GUTTED - PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATOR TODAY!

H.R. 1215 will be discussed in the federal House of Representatives June 28 and 29, 2017! Hidden within H.R. 1215 is language that will gut elder abuse protections in California and across the United States. Although the House vote on the bill had previously been delayed, it is back with a vengeance. You can read H.R. 1215 at www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1215/text.

Scam Phone Financial Abuse Network Indicted

A common financial abuse scam against the elderly is a call from someone allegedly representing the IRS demanding tax payments with threats of penalties. These calls often are received late at night and can be very confusing to anyone, but particularly disturbing to an elder living alone. The elderly are reticent to report if they are the victim of a phone scam. (see: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-protection/preventing-elder-abuse/index.htm).

Labor Violations in Assisted Living Facilities

When considering assisted living facilities for loved ones, Kathryn Stebner advises families that staff is the key to everything, especially those who are engaging residents in a variety of activities which help to keep them healthy. If you see people sitting in a corner in wheelchairs and no one interacting with them, this is a bad sign.

Understanding Phone Scams

We have all heard that elders are susceptible to financial scams over the telephone, but often it is hard for a younger person to understand how someone falls for a scam from a stranger. The November, 2015 issue of Consumer Reports breaks down how a telephone scam works, in addition to other informative articles on elder financial abuse. The article "Anatomy of a Swindle" explains how the Jamaica Lottery scam targets and exploits its elderly victims by phone. The process is likely similar in other phone scams where elders are told they won something, but have to pay to get it. Click here to read the article: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-protection/anatomy-of-a-swindle

Indicators of Potential Financial Elder Abuse

As our parents age, we often look to third parties or other family members to assist them in their financial management and daily care. Our parents can become susceptible to the suddenly attentive neighbor or "friend," or even a relative, taking an inappropriate interest in the elder's affairs. Sometimes, out of pride or shame, an elder will be reticent to admit to anyone that they may have made a mistake trusting someone they shouldn't have.

Six Ways to Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

Have you heard about the grandparent scam? A stranger will call up an elderly person, usually late at night, claiming to be their "favorite" grandson or granddaughter and asking for help. The caller will say there has been an emergency (usually, that they are out of the country in jail) and that they need gramps or grandma to send money ASAP and to keep it hush hush from the rest of the family. 

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