Examples include forgery, misuse or theft of money or possessions; use of coercion or deception to surrender finances or property; or improper use of guardianship or power of attorney.”
These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial/material exploitation, neglect , abandonment, and self-neglect . Physical abuse. Use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
Financial crimes against the elderly fall under two general categories : fraud committed by strangers, and financial exploitation by relatives and caregivers.
If you suspect someone of being financially abused, there are several actions you can take: Report the possible crime by calling your local Adult Protective Services and state attorney general’s office. Explore options at your local probate court if your state has such courts. Contact advocacy organizations.
To prove there was a breach by the fiduciary or someone else, one or more of the following must be proven: Extensive withdrawal from monetary accounts. Increased or changed spending habits. Someone added to the senior’s financial accounts. Unpaid health care costs or no health care. Changes in the senior’s estate.
But while state law requires that elder abuse be reported, the high level of proof needed for criminal charges is often elusive. If an abuser has legal documents such as power of attorney, it is especially hard to prove that a victim has been defrauded or stolen from.
Signs and symptoms of elder abuse can include: Malnourishment or weight loss . Poor hygiene. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, or confusion. Unexplained transactions or loss of money.
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The Older Americans Act of 2006 defines elder financial abuse , or financial exploitation , as “the fraudulent or otherwise illegal, unauthorized, or improper act or process of an individual, including a caregiver or fiduciary, that uses the resources of an older individual for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or
Independent elders were 66 percent more likely to experience pure financial exploitation (without accompanying neglect or abuse) than the victims who were dependent.
Financial exploitation has been described as the fastest growing form of elder abuse (New York State Department of Law, 2000), although empirical support for this assertion is scanty.
Financial exploitation occurs when a person misuses or takes the assets of a vulnerable adult for his/her own personal benefit. This frequently occurs without the explicit knowledge or consent of a senior or disabled adult, depriving him/her of vital financial resources for his/her personal needs.
Property crimes accounted for 92% of victimiza- tions affecting persons or households headed by someone 65 or older and 88% of victimizations against persons or households headed by persons age 50-64. In comparison, violent crimes comprised more than half the victimiza- tions experienced by persons age 12-24.