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Common Medications Can Masquerade As Dementia In Seniors

A wide variety of medications used to treat allergies, insomnia, leaky bladders, diarrhea, dizziness, motion sickness, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and psychiatric disorders can interfere with cognition in older patients

Using Consumer Tools and Resources to Help Survivors of Elder Abuse

Family, professionals, and caregivers often help older adults manage finances, personal care, and household tasks. Sometimes, the increased vulnerability of older adults may make them susceptible to financial exploitation and physical abuse by those they trust. They may feel trapped, lack the personal resources to leave, and feel afraid that they won’t be able to manage alone.

Elder Abuse On The Rise In America

As the American population ages, elder abuse rates are increasing, particularly among men, federal health officials reported Thursday.

AG Nessel Announces Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks, state legislators Rep. Brian Elder and Sen. Paul Wojno, and 72-year-old Macomb resident Dennis Burgio to announce the formation of the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force.

Spot Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse can take many forms. These are some signs that there may be a problem.

Understanding Undue Influence

Understanding Undue Influence PRACTICE TIP • October 2018 David Godfrey, American Bar Association Comission on Law and Aging Understanding undue influence is a core component of advising clients in their advance planning, as well as preventing and spotting elder abuse. Undue influence replaces the will or free choice of the individual with the will or choice of another person....

12 Scams of Christmas

The 2017 Thanksgiving weekend saw one million more Americans than last year out shopping and the holiday spending is just beginning. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects this year’s holiday retail sales to top last year’s by 3.6 percent to 4 percent for a total between $678.75 billion to $682 billion. As shoppers set records on spending Better Business Bureau® urges...

Don't Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads

Posted on August 16, 2018 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications Online and otherwise, there’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it’s difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information. The law that addresses misleading...

A Public Health Issue That Affects Us All

Elder abuse is a critical social, health, and economic problem. Approximately 10 percent of adults age 60 and older have experienced physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.9 billion a year as a result of financial exploitation. In the most heartbreaking cases, it means the complete loss of savings...