by michellerogers on June 10, 2009

Following, from the National Association of Triads, Inc. and the Home Instead Senior Care network, are ways that family caregivers and Home Instead CAREGivers can help protect seniors:

1. Watch for unusual activity. Seniors who are scammed may be embarrassed and try to hide what happened. Watch for changes in their lifestyle as well as any other unusual financial or business activity.

2. Be on guard for individuals who have befriended a senior. Lonely or isolated seniors may be vulnerable to con criminals who befriended them and provide them with companionship. Ask to talk to the senior’s new friend to find out more about him or her. A thief won’t stick around long to chat.

. Investigate organizations looking for money. Oter older adults want to donate to organizations and other wothy causes. Help the senior check those out by requesting written information on the organization and reviewing that thoroughly. Or contact the Better Business Bureau.

4. Assist older adults with their finances. If a senior can no longer handle his or er finances, a plan should be put in place that can help ensure bills are paid and assets are protected. That plan may include the senior designating a financial power of attorney. Make sure this is a trustworthy individual.

5. Destroy information that could be compromised. Make sure the senior shreds all financial information and credit card offers before discarding them in the trash.

More ways to protect our seniors coming in out next post.

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