Senior citizens’ financial abuse: An insider job!

If you Google for Stuart Kahan or senior citizens (Elders as the Americans call them) you are likely to find the report of Broken trust. Here is a short summary…for the full report go and search in Google!

Elder financial abuse costs older Americans more than $2.6 billion per year and is most often perpetrated by family members and caregivers, according to a new report released by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

The report, Broken Trust: Elders, Family and Finances, was produced in conjunction with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. It points out that up to one million older Americans may be targeted yearly and that related costs such as health care, social services, investigations, legal fees, prosecution, lost income, and assets reach tens of millions of dollars annually.

The study indicates that for each case of abuse reported, there are an estimated four or more that go unreported. Family members and caregivers are the culprits in 55 percent of cases; financial losses are higher with investment fraud scams.

The National Adult Protective Services Association suggests that the “typical” victim of elder financial abuse is between the ages of 70 and 89, white, female, frail, and cognitively impaired. She is trusting of others and may be lonely or isolated, although reports show that there is a very diverse population of victims.

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