NOTARIES PROTECT THE ELDERLY
Last week I had to have some documents notarized. It was quick and easy. At the time it did not occur to me what an important role the notary can play in protecting vulnerable seniors.
In the following short video, Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman makes a key point that I have never considered. Many of the legal documents that hand over power from an elder to another person (a will, a power of attorney, or some real estate documents)… More
NOTARIES PROTECT THE ELDERLY
YOU CAN’T MISPLACE MOM IF YOU VISIT REGULARLY
How often do you suppose this happens?
Some one “puts their mother in a home” and doesn’t check on her for months–literally.
No phone calls or personal visits were made during the time between “before Christmas” and the first week of March to speak to her mother or check on her welfare with a call to the facility staff. By the way, the daughter has several siblings also living in the area. None of them checked… More
ADULT CHILDREN MAKE DECISIONS FOR PARENTS
A recent story out of the Northeast has again highlighted issues than can be caused by adult children attempting to make decisions and taking action to assist their aging parents. In this case, the son, who himself is in his late seventies, served eviction papers on his mother – unfortunately and coincidentally on her 98th birthday.
He says that he is concerned about the squalor in which his mom is living, and hopes to get her to either… More
Yesterday’s article was about adult children and parents planning ahead to manage financial issues. This article helps adult children plan ahead to avoid being abused financially by their own parents and siblings.
Money issues within families can destroy them. It is an act of love to make yourself aware of potential trouble spots. Taking care of issues before they are problems is critical. The family unit you save could be your own.
Problems can… More
PLANNING PREVENTS ABUSE
It is frightening to think that you might not be able to manage your own finances at some point in the future. Most people choose to remain in denial. That is fine if you are one of the lucky ones who remain in control of all your faculties until the last breath of life. If you are one of the majority who needs help as mental capacity gets fuzzier or if you contract a chronic disease that leaves you incapable of handling your personal finances, you will… More
ELDER ABUSE COMPLEXITY
I want to address financial abuse between adult children and their parents. This cannot be accomplished in a single commentary. My thoughts are triggered by two recent newsprint articles. Ruthie Ackerman in The Wall Street Journal asks, “Are Your Parents Sponges?” Scott Wilson of the LA Times offers some ideas on how to prevent financial abuse in“The Five: How to Chat Up Parents on Their Finances.“ I have… More
Elder abuse is an almost invisible form of abuse that has reached epidemic proportions. The problem will only increase with 78 million baby boomers moving toward elderhood.
This sixteen-minute video addresses physical, financial, and psychological elder abuse. It provides clear, balanced information and interviews, but is not sensationalist, nor is it an infomercial for an elder abuse attorney. The video was produced by the National Council on Aging and WITNESS.org.… More