There are so many laws on the books to protect elders that sometimes it prevents us from helping them. Still, there are reasons for all these laws as they are one of the most vulnerable segments of our society and thus they attract criminal minds out for a quick gain. It's difficult to protect elders from being raided or having their assets confiscated and each time we make another law to protect them some scammer comes up with another way to cheat them out of their life's savings.
Since elders are so susceptible we must be very careful to protect our senior family members from financial and physical crime, and believe it or not it is often a family member that does the raiding of assets on their own family members, somehow believing that it is theirs also, or taking a pre-inheritance stipend, which often turns into a very generous gift, that the senior may or may not even realize they are giving.
Even when the senior does realize what is going on they often forget the circumstances, are coaxed into it, or are somehow threatened, it's truly disgusting the more you learn about how these things occur. Another reason why the caregiver is often under suspicion and this is a hard thing to take for an honest caregiver. Still, caregivers that are not family members are the most likely to take from or cause harm to a senior or elder.
Other areas of elder law that have increased in recent years is medical fraud where overzealous operations and surgeries are recommended and billed to medicare or insurance companies, thus, jacking up the health care cost for all. Then, there are overbillings from ambulance services, hospitals, and other services.
Of course, there are also outside scamsters such as corrupted telemarketers, sales people and such that try to befriend the elderly to get them to give them money for a something they do not really want or money for something they will never receive. This is why elder laws are so robust, even though at first glance they seem to be quite frustrating. Please consider this.
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