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Older People Subject to Fraud and Abuse

August 19, 2012
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Older people are easy victims of fraud and exploitation.

A new study found the top three problems are theft by family members, theft by caregivers and financial scams by strangers.

Experts say the best way to stop these problems is for older people to go to:

  • programs delivered locally by caregivers
  • adult-protective-services workers
  • programs presented at senior centers and libraries
  • programs delivered by groups to senior-citizens

Agencies are training health care workers to know when older people are mentally impaired. There is less fraud when these folks are monitored. Choosing the right person to help out with money matters, doctors and caregivers makes it easier to stop elderly abuse.

The Wall Street Journal

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