By Jeannie Jennings Beidler
Research and popular press report alarming instances of familial elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging found that older adults are at the greatest risk for abuse, and that in more than two-thirds of substantiated cases, the perpetrator is a family member in a caregiving role—usually an...
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Aretha noticed a leak in her living room ceiling and called a plumber. The plumber told her that all her bathroom pipes were broken and needed to be replaced, at a cost of $1,500. He said she risked an electrical fire if she didn’t have the work done. She sought a second opinion. The other plumber found that the problem was only some failed caulking around the bathtub.