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Elder Abuse can be All of the Following:
- Financial Abuse occurs when money or property is taken away from an older person with an intent to defraud. This may result in the loss of one's home, property or savings.
- Neglect occurs when an individual or their caregiver does not provide essential needs such as hygiene, food, clothing, shelter, health care, or safety.
- Mental Suffering occurs from threats, harassment, or intimidation. This creates fear, agitation, confusion, severe depression or serious emotional distress for the older person.
- Physical Abuse is any intentional act (not due to an accident) that causes pain, bodily injury, and physical suffering. It may be due to unreasonable physical constraint, assault, battery and/or sexual abuse.
- Abandonment, isolation, and Abduction.
Fraud Victimization or Identity Theft
Fraud protections begins by:
- Never assuming a friendly voice belongs to a friend.
- Never giving your credit card, checking account or social security number to an unknown caller for any reason.
- Avoid giving out your Social Security number. If businesses or utilities insist, suggest using just the last four digits, or an alternate ID code.
- Cross out social security and credit card numbers on pay stubs and bills before throwing them away. A better strategy is to shred these documents.
- Check your credit-card statements for purchases you didn't make. Report any sign of fraud immediately to credit card companies.
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