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Beware of Debt Relief Scams During the Pandemic

ScamThe current pandemic has caused massive shutdowns across the country. Businesses have closed and unemployment rates have soared. Without a stable source of income, some soon find themselves in debt. Any sign of relief such as a phone call or email saying that their debts can be reduced or forgiven altogether is a welcome one. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Medicaid Planning and Senior Scams

Elder ScamsMedicaid planning is a hot topic among seniors and their families. Foster Swift attorneys Matt Fedor and Nic Camargo offer an excellent overview of what Medicaid planning is, key considerations before developing a plan and how to formulate and implement a plan in their National Elder Law Month Video "What I should Know About Medicaid Planning."

Scams directed toward seniors sadly remain another hot topic. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, it's unfortunately common to watch the news and see a heart-breaking story about a senior who has been targeted by a criminal. While many of these crimes are not violent, they rob our senior friends of their funds, their property and often most hurtfully, their dignity. Foster Swift's article on "How to Spot the Red Flags of Financial Elder Abuse" is a good refresher for all of us, young, old, and in between, on how to keep the seniors in our lives safe.

Categories: Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Medicaid Planning, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Recent Legislative and Regulatory Developments Designed to Protect Seniors in Michigan

Hand Holding GavelVarious programs have recently been enacted in Michigan for the purpose of preventing and/or minimizing some of the challenges facing seniors in an effort to help them maintain a high quality of life. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law, Retirement, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Checking in on the Family this Holiday Season

Elderly Hands in Front of Christmas Tree

Summer is at an end and fall is officially here. With the Holiday season not far away, now begins the time of year for more frequent visits with parents and other family gatherings. While we all want to use these get-togethers to spend precious time and catch up with relatives, these gatherings also present the opportunity to keep an eye out for noticeable changes in behavior and living conditions of aging family members. It is important to be alert to lifestyle changes because these may reveal health needs and care challenges that require intervention. Read More ›

Categories: Dementia & Alzheimer's, Elder Law, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Keep Eyes Open to Prevent Financial Scams Against Seniors

While it is important to make sure our parents are well-taken care of and healthy as they age, it is just as important to make sure that their financial affairs are in order. This also includes being on the lookout for and preventing any potential financial exploitation.  Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Gift Cards: A New Kind of Scam

Lady on PhoneGift cards; while they are a great means of acknowledging someone's birthday, anniversary, or simply to say "thank you," they are also rapidly becoming a means for con artists to scam unsuspecting individuals, especially seniors.  Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Digital Assets, Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Elder Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing the Signs

Saturday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is a day created by the UN in 2012 to draw attention to the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. With increased longevity, nearly 50 million people in the US alone are age 65 and older. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people. 

Unfortunately, this also means that there is a growing need to address the issue of elder abuse as senior citizens are increasingly finding themselves prone to scammers and abuse both from within and without. According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of the proper authorities. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

Financial Elder Abuse: Awareness and Prevention

10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. With an aging population, come a variety of new issues for society to address. One of those issues is elder financial abuse, which has been a growing problem over the past decade. According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, 1 in 18 older “cognitively intact” adults falls prey to financial fraud or abuse in a given year. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law, Fraud & Abuse, Senior Exploitation & Abuse

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