December 4, 2012

Neglect and Financial Exploitation of Elders: A Growing Concern in Our Communities, By Steve Papadimos

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 3:47 pm by Steve Papadimos

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging’s National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is on the rise in our communities. Two of the most prominent forms of elder abuse include neglect and financial exploitation.

Neglect happens when a caregiver fails to fulfill the obligations he or she has agreed to, and the victim then suffers from lack of food and/or care. Neglect may reveal itself through bedsores, malnutrition, and unsanitary living conditions. It is important that family members, friends, neighbors, and any other caring individual who is in contact with the victim report these signs of neglect immediately, and seek help.

Financial exploitation of seniors is another disturbing problem that has come to plague the senior population. Caregivers who cash their clients’ checks without the clients’ knowledge, misappropriate funds, or pressure their clients into signing contracts are likely to be engaging in financial exploitation.

If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, exploitation, or neglect, please contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.

Steve Papadimos has served as Chief of the Civil Division for the Lucas County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office since 1980. As a civil lawyer, Steven Papadimos has handled numerous cases of elder abuse, and he continues to be a staunch advocate for greater public awareness of this growing threat to seniors.