Tip 1: Plan Ahead. Many of the issues associated with elder abuse can be dealt with in advance by creating a comprehensive estate plan. For example, estate plans typically include provisions that allow you to pass your decision-making rights to others through a power of attorney. If you create a financial power of attorney, you can allow someone else to manage your finances when you are no longer able to do so.
Tip 2: Stay In Touch. Elderly people often lose contact with friends and loved ones because of their loss of independence. For example, people living in a retirement home may feel isolated because they have much less contact with their friends and family. Once this loss of contact takes place, elderly people often feel as if they have no one to turn to if a problem arises. To combat this it is important to maintain strong and close relationships. Whether you form a group of friends that meets regularly, engage in volunteer work, or simply call your family members on a regular basis, this can go a long way to having access to support and assistance.
Tip 3: Stay Active. Along with keeping an active social life, making sure your own life is full of enjoyable and rewarding experiences can do a lot to prevent abuse. If you begin suffering from depression or feelings of isolation as you grow older, this can lead you to be more vulnerable to those who want to take advantage of you. It can also lead you to be less likely to reach out for help. Staying active and maintaining positive relationships is essential in avoiding elder abuse.
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