Alzheimer's: More Room to Take Advantage of Elderly?
Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease, one that robs people of their memories, mental acuity and ability to make conscious decisions on their own behalf. A form of dementia, the disease gradually progresses over time, causing symptoms such as:
- Inability to recall information
- Feelings of suspicion toward loved ones or caregivers
Unfortunately, the sense of confusion and attendant memory loss make Alzheimer’s sufferers far more likely to be targeted for abuse or financial exploitation. In their more vulnerable mental state, they may be sexually, physically or emotionally abused, asked to sign documents forfeiting power of attorney, persuaded to alter their will, or otherwise taken advantage of by abusive individuals, be they relatives, caregivers or strangers.
If your elderly loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, it is important that they receive the proper care and supervision. Regular visits to monitor for signs of abuse can help keep them safe from harm. If abuse is suspected, remove the victim from the situation, get them away from their abuser, and alert the proper authorities.
If you have an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s who has been a target of elder abuse, contact the law firm of Garcia & Artigliere today at (800) 328-2630 or online at www.lawgarcia.com to learn more about your legal options.