I grew up knowing that my mom had been abused by my grandfather. I knew it, yes. But we never talked about it. We grew up knowing life is complicated. Love is complicated. And most importantly, family secrets are supposed to be kept quiet.
Just as we are encouraged to believe those who report experiences of sexual harassment, so, too, should we believe older adults who report elder harassment in any of its forms. Ageism, too, is a spectrum of abuse. All of this is to say that harassment in any form, toward any person, and for any reason should not be justified or tolerated.
Financial elder abuse is particularly harrowing because older adults do not have a lifetime left to make up the loss through work and investment.
I would like you to meet someone today. In time, you will come to know him well but first, let me explain.
For many years – yes, years – I have tried to add an elderlaw attorney to the roster of Time Goes By contributors. You would be surprised how hard it is to find someone in that world who even knows what a blog is, let alone cares or wants to help elders understand the many legal questions that come up in old age.
Yesterday my mother was almost a victim of financial elder abuse. I made this video explaining how these insidious scammers targeted my mother. If you are caring for aging parents, you really MUST make a point of educating them about all the different ways that these criminals prey on the elderly. First and foremost they strike […]
In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, consider watching or sharing this 16 minute video entitled An Age For Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America created by the National Council on Aging and WITNESS in conjunction with the Elder Justice Coalition. … Continue reading →
Did you know that you can “freeze” your credit reports? By freezing your credit reports, credit card companies and other creditors cannot access your credit report. If they cannot access your credit report, they are unlikely to open a new … Continue reading →
The latest federal budget cuts the Housing and Urban Development’s budget for reverse mortgage counseling. As a volunteer attorney for elder legal services, few things upset me more than the abusive reverse mortgage practices that have occurred over the past few years. … Continue reading →