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Protecting our elders

Seniors can easily be subjected to physical, mental, emotional or financial abuse that puts them in harm's way.

Recently I heard about an 86-year old woman who was scammed out of $30,000. It's nothing new; it's happened before. It's also very sad that something so cruel can happen.

Apparently this woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be her grandson. He told her he was in a Mexican jail and needed money to be released. He persuaded her to send $15,000 to a man in another state. Two days later he called her again and asked for another $15,000.

This is only one way elderly people are abused - by being scammed. Unfortunately, our elders are abused and/or neglected more than we know - more than is reported. It can happen from a caregiver at a nursing home or even in the person's own home. It can happen from a family member or a friend.

While it is in our nature to look out for our children, we very often forget that elders tend to fall in the same category of needing to be looked after. Even though it is not an easy task, paying attention to warning signs can help you spot an elder that is being abused in some way.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, ask questions. We can make a difference - we need to take responsibility.

If you have reason to believe that your loved one has been abused in some form, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who can help. Call the Law Offices of Peach & Weathers because we are committed to protecting the rights and dignity of the elderly.

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