Warnings of Elder Abuse

There is a growing concern of elder abuse. Aging individuals that suffer from mental diseases like dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Below are warning signs that can be helpful to raise a suspicion of elder abuse. Taken individually these warnings are not inherently meaningful. However, any combination of these signs could indicate a problem with abuse.

  1. The caregiver is secretive about the elder’s finances.
  2. The elder is financially supporting the caregiver.
  3. The caregiver isolates the elder from others.
  4. The caregiver insists on being in the room when anyone else is present.
  5. The caregiver has a history of substance abuse.
  6. There are changes in the estate planning paperwork.
  7. The caregiver moves the elder to his home without warning.

Warnings of Elder Abuse


2 Responses to “Warnings of Elder Abuse”

  1. StandUp Says:

    Sounds like the warning signs of guardianship abuse!

  2. Rudy Says:

    Dear StandUp, When courts order elder abuse, order elder isolation, order elder poverty through fraudulent payment to guardians, and order guardians to be present at all visitations, any similarity to elder abuse is only a similarity and is not elder abuse, since the court ordered these things. To help you understand this, let me explain to you that you cannot understand these things because you are not a probate judge. If you were a probate judge, you would understand that these things are very technical, and there are many things citizens are not allowed to know. One of these things is the need to secret meetings between the lawyers for guardians and judges, to protect the privacy of the elderly. Thus the answer to the riddle you are having trouble with, "When is abuse not abuse?" is, "When a judge orders abuse." I can only hope this bit of legal knowledge helps you feel the probate legal system is less unjust than you fist believed. If you are still having trouble sleeping, please understand that probate judges cannot order elder abuse,they can only legitimize it.

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