Be Alert / Be Aware
Playing a role in preventing senior abuse, the following tips are recommendations for family members or caregivers to identify senior abuse:
- Be attentive to the seniors physical well-being. Look for any abrasions, bruises, fractures, burns or any other injury as these may be the warning signs of physical abuse.
- Look for signs of psychological abuse such as threats, intimidation or humiliation. Signs may include low self-esteem, withdrawal, extreme changes in mood, suicidal behavior, confusion or disorientation.
- Be watchful of signs of neglect, such as poor hygiene, malnutrition, improper medication, or soiled clothing.
- Look for an unusual or large bank account withdrawal. This may be a sign that someone is exploiting the senior person's financial resources.
WATCH YOUR SENIOR
Keep an eye out for the common signs that a senior may be falling prey to a scam, such as frequent calls from telemarketers, shoddy home improvement work, numerous product purchases or ongoing charitable or religious donations. The loss of what may seem a minimal amount of money to someone with an average income may result in a senior person having to go without food, medication or possibly his or her home.
TALK TO YOUR SENIOR
- Talk about their daily activities and contacts to ensure that nothing unusual is occurring or being concealed.
If you have any reason to suspect that a senior person may be victimized in any way, call our toll free number immediately at 1-877-643-3287, or email us at intake@SpringActionFraud.com.
We also offer free presentations to senior and civic groups on a variety of topics including How to avoid scams used by con artists who often target older New Yorkers and The fastest growing white collar crime in America, identity theft.
To schedule a presentation call 516-944-8024 or email: eleanor@SpringActionFraud.com
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