Not surprisingly, no one has the goal of becoming the victim of abuse. Unfortunately, elder abuse is more common today. Many cases go unreported, leaving increasing numbers of seniors to silently suffer.
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse include the threat of or actual infliction of physical pain or injury, deprivation of a basic needs, infliction of mental pain or anguish, or non-consensual sexual contact.
Neglect and abandonment include the refusal or failure to ensure proper food, shelter, heath care or protection. In severe cases of abuse, the party responsible for the care and custody of the senior will completely desert and abandon them.
Financial exploitation is by far the most common form of elder abuse. It is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder’s assets, funds, or property. Besides the obvious theft and forgery, financial exploitation can also include abusing the authority granted in A Power Of Attorney, under a guardianship order or some type of fraud.
A senior’s ability to process information typically decreases as they continue to age. Simultaneously, the senior’s need to feel secure, loved, and valued typically increases. This can create vulnerability. The following simple steps can decrease and even prevent elder abuse.
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Firm of Abraham & Bauer. The Towson, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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