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What Can I Do to Help Protect my Aging Loved One Against Fraud?


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Scammed: It’s the word no family wants to hear when it comes to their aging parent. The growing prevalence of senior fraud is putting many older adults in harm’s way, threatening to strip them of their money, their independence and their trust.  

 

Why is this happening? Seniors are a prime target for scammers as they are trusting, willing to help others and financially stable. It can be an uncomfortable conversation to have with mom or dad as they may take offence that their independence is being threatened, but this is one of the difficult conversation’s families need to be having before it is too late.  

 

What can I do to help protect my aging loved one against fraud? 

  • Shred important documents. 
  • Add mom and dad to the Do Not Call List, this link will take you to the Government of Canada’s Do Not Call List and will help eliminate some unsolicited calls.  
  • Remind your aging loved one to never give information or money over the phone. Put a note on the phone to remind them of this when they pick up the phone.  
  • Before making a charitable donation, make sure the charity is registered on the Government of Canada’s list of charities, you can find the list at this link
  • Post “No Solicitation” notices by a senior’s door. 
  • Educate a senior about email phishing tactics. 
  • Watch for changes in a senior’s lifestyle or unusual financial or business activity. 
  • If you can’t physically be there for a senior, find trustworthy people who can serve as eyes and ears. 

Here at Home Instead, we want to help ensure your aging mom and dad are not taken advantage of. A Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver can help your loved one stay safe from scammers. Check out ProtectSeniorsFromFraud.com a tool for families aid in protecting seniors by informing them of the latest scams being perpetrated on older adults. It offers a variety of resources and tools to help their seniors avoid becoming a victim of these scams. 


Reach out to Home Instead Senior Care today at (902) 800-7563 to lean more about protecting your loved one from fraud, or to set up a complimentary care needs assessment with our Client Care Coordinator.  

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