Elder Financial Abuse by Family Caregivers

Older adults lose an estimated $20 billion each year from financial abuse by family, friends, and caregivers. In many cases, the perpetrators of elder financial abuse are not strangers but trusted individuals, often family members. When victims discover exploitation, they can face challenges navigating complex interpersonal relationships. A recent webinar hosted by the National Center on […]

Elder Financial Abuse: How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help

         Elder financial abuse is a significant issue affecting many older adults nationwide. It involves someone exploiting or misusing an older person’s finances or assets for personal gain. Often, the perpetrator is in a position of trust, be it a family member, abusive partner, or paid caregiver. Recovering from elder financial abuse, both financially and […]

Which States Have the Best Protections Against Elder Abuse?        

The United States Census Bureau predicts that the nation’s population of older adults nationwide will have doubled from 49.2 million in 2016 to 94.7 million in 2060. As the population grows as well as ages, elder abuse remains a significant concern. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 10 percent of older adults experience some form of abuse […]

What Is Elder Abuse? Elder Law Q&A

         Ten percent of adults 65 and older experience elder abuse each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Elder abuse happens when a caregiver or another trusted individual causes physical, mental, or financial harm to an older adult by an act or omission. Types of Elder Abuse Abuse of an elder may encompass financial […]

Agencies That Inspect Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crisis

         The Senate Special Committee on Aging has released a report exposing an understaffing problem among the survey agencies across the nation that are responsible for overseeing nursing home inspections. The staffing crises at these agencies, according to the report, have led to an increase in the number of regulatory violations and ultimately are making long-term care facilities unreasonably […]

Medicare Fraud Prevention Week: Avoiding Health Care Scams

         The week of June 5 marks Medicare Fraud Prevention Week. Seniors and their caregivers should be aware of the risks posed by Medicare scams and how to avoid falling victim to this type of fraud. Each year, Medicare loses tens of billions of dollars to abuse and errors. Older adults who receive Medicare may […]

Federal Law Puts Focus on Preventing Elder Abuse

         This is a federal law designed to address the growing problem of elder abuse. The law supports efforts to better understand, prevent, and combat financial and physical elder abuse. The prevalence of elder abuse is hard to calculate because it is underreported, but according to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans […]

Detecting and Dealing With Elder Financial Abuse

         Older people are vulnerable to financial abuse by a family member, financial professional, or stranger. Understanding the threat of financial exploitation seniors face can help them avoid people who want to steal their money, identity, government benefits, or possessions. What Is Financial Abuse? Financial abuse of an elder can happen when another person or […]

Why Hire an Elder Law Attorney?

         Elder law attorneys may specialize in estate planning, incapacity planning, and end-of-life care for seniors. These practitioners are essential because they work to protect a vulnerable population. Seniors and their families should consider hiring an elder law attorney to plan for their future and care. How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help My Aging […]

Ending Guardianship of an Adult

         While a guardian can support the protected person by making important decisions, in some cases, an individual may wish to change or dissolve the arrangement. The ward, their family, or other involved people might feel that the guardian is not doing a good job. They may then petition the court for the removal of […]