National Senior Fraud Awareness Day 2022
Isolated Seniors At Greatest Risk
Steps For Protecting Seniors
Each year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of financial elder abuse, and the results can be devastating. In response to the rise in financial elder abuse of older Americans, the U.S. Congress in 2018 designated May 15 as National Senior Fraud Awareness Day to focus on awareness, education, and improvement of prevention tactics to safeguard senior citizens, who account for nearly 16% of the total U.S. population. It’s estimated that seniors lose $36.5 billion per year due to financial exploitation. Ingrid M. Evans and Evans Law Firm, Inc. fight for elder abuse victims in San Francisco, Los Angeles and throughout California against all those responsible for abuse. We pursue all available remedies for injured seniors and their families which may include awards of attorneys’ fees and expenses for bringing your action. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §§ 15657 and 15657.5. If you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse here in San Francisco, Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, call us today at 415-441-8669. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).
Here are some steps you can take this year to help senior loved ones:
- If your loved one lives alone, go over their bank statements with them every month. Trace where their Social Security is being deposited. If they have in-home care, be especially vigilant. Never let a caregiver or stranger have access to financial information, checks, cash, or credit cards. Never, ever, give a Power of Attorney, blank check, or credit card to a caregiver.
- If an older loved one needs to his a caregiver, do a thorough background check on any individual coming into the house and on the agency you’re dealing with. Get references for the agency and any individual caregiver and check them. Do all of your vetting before you ever let someone enter the older person’s home.
- Ask a senior if you can help by delivering some groceries or medications or just visiting them (safely) for a while each week.
- If your older loved one has a business meeting at a bank, financial advisor or insurance agency, go with them. Don’t let an older loved one go alone to any meeting concerning his or her finances, pension, life insurance, annuity or any other business meeting.
- Ask any church, synagogue or social group you are connect with to add information about financial elder abuse to their newsletters and information resources lists.
- Safely get involved with organizations that focus on advocacy while practicing physical distancing.
- Remind your loved ones that they should never give out personal, financial, or medical information over the phone.
If you or a loved one been the victim of any form of elder abuse in California, contact elder abuse attorney Ingrid M. Evans at (415) 441-8669, or toll-free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267)or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. Our attorneys have experience with all types of elder abuse, including physical and financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud. We can help guide your case through a jury trial, or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.