The Warning Signs of Elder Exploitation

Elder exploitation happens all too often. If you have an aging loved one, especially if they are being taken care of by someone else or living in a facility, it is important to keep an eye out for the warning signs of elder exploitation. Your loved one may be too embarrassed or unable to share and ask for the help they need.

Elder exploitation can come in many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Here are some of the warning signs you need to watch out for:

Warning Signs of Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained bruises
  • Frequent sprains
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Stains found on clothes

Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

  • Frequently upset
  • Withdrawn or non-responsive
  • Change in Eating Habits
  • Change in Sleep Schedule
  • Suddenly Apologizing Excessively
  • Rocking Themselves While Seated

Warning Signs of Neglect

  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor living conditions
  • Desertion in a public place
  • Inadequate clothing

Warning Signs of Financial Exploitation

  • Large withdrawals
  • Change of bank accounts
  • Unauthorized use of credit card
  • Adding authorized users to bank accounts
  • Forged signatures
  • Unpaid bills
  • Changes in Will or Estate Plan

What To Do If You Suspect Elder Exploitation

Your reaction to potential elder exploitation will vary depending on what you observed and the living situation of your loved one. We have written before about how to address the warning signs of financial exploitation. No matter what the situation is, reacting quickly is important.

At Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, we have experience with the nuances of elder law. If your elder loved one is being exploited or abused, contact Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio today! We believe in helping you navigate uncharted waters.

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