Elder abuse is the most under-reported form of abuse (including intimate partner violence and child abuse). Most of the research on the elder abuse has been on economic abuse (look for definition here). That is many elders are abused for their income. This type of abuse (and the others) is mostly done by another family member. One reason for family members to be the most common to abuse is the fact that people working with the elderly (such as hospice, elderly homes) are more likely to get caught. That is assisted living homes are going to have nurses and other staff looking out for abuse. This is not the case for a family taking care of family. Like other forms of abuse is it is rarely conducted alone and often times it is a mix of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
What are some of the signs of an economical abuser?
(A few of the signs may differ for the elderly, but still, read the other post for more signs.)
A substantial increase in account activity (note this is most likely to happen if a person as joint bank accounts).
Checks are being forged or signed by someone else.
If a caregiver takes up guardianship or conservatorship over an individual who appears competent.
Withholding an individual’s funds.
The individual feels that the caregiver has taken control over their money.
(Learn more here)
How to protect yourself.
Education both caregivers and the elderly.
Giving support for caregivers.
Showing caregivers and the elderly resources for the elderly.
Keeping the elderly socially engaged.
A good place to start for help (here).