Ideas for Seniors, Family and Friends
Many times, the best protection against abuse, neglect and exploitation is a conversation, lots of conversations.
Abusers and exploiters try to isolate their victims to prevent others from challenging their actions. Regular, caring communication, both in person and over the phone can counteract this.
Encouraging loved ones to interact with others also helps to avoid isolation.
Neighbors, friends, other family, and social groups all help to form a caring circle of protection around vulnerable people, and give the vulnerable adult somewhere to turn when life becomes difficult.
Being elderly does not mean a senior is incapable of making good decisions. But many people, including seniors, make better decisions when they have caring people to talk to about their choices.
Advice that friends and family should provide is no different than what they would give themselves in preventing scams/fraud, such as:
If the person becomes a victim, loved ones need to be supportive and understanding and not make a judgment that the senior is incapable of continuing to make good decisions; even younger adults are becoming victims.
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