Elder Exploitation and Abuse

Elder exploitation or fraud is the illegal or improper use of a senior's resources for another's profit or advantage. While strangers on the internet often perpetrate scams, the family members and caregivers also exploit vulnerable seniors. Trusted individuals may "borrow" money, sell or dispose of assets or property without permission, encourage or force seniors to make transfers of assets or withdraw funds, misuse credit cards or misappropriate funds.

 Elder abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services necessary to maintain mental and physical health. Family members and caregivers who isolate or withhold care may be abusing a vulnerable senior.

There are resources and remedies available to stop exploitation, fraud, and abuse whether the person lives at home or in a facility. 



The Medicare program became law in 1966. Under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, Medicare provides health insurance for persons over the age of 65, persons who are under 65 and disabled, persons with ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease and persons with End State Renal Disease (ESRD).