I recently received a heart-breaking call from an 82-year-old woman who told me that her 93-year-old husband, who is in a care home because he suffers from Alzheimer’s, had been persuaded to give power of attorney to relatives he trusted, but who had in turn emptied his bank account of their life savings – stolen his money.
Now young people – younger people – can often claw their way back from a tragedy like that, but when you’re in your 80’s, it’s virtually impossible. She believed there had been conversations and manipulation to set her vulnerable husband up to be abused in this way, and she was panicking because she didn’t know where the money would come from to purchase the necessary care for him, her own accommodation, their medication, and so forth.
In spite of years of frugality, careful planning, and saving, everything had been wiped out by these wicked, predatory relatives.
Now some may say, “what’s to be done? It’s too late to recover!” but this tough old lady was planning to catch them saying something that would reveal their crime after the fact so that she could ask a lawyer and the courts to try and recover at least some of their money. And for that reason, she wanted to know more about our camera that is hidden in an innocuous looking, boring little digital clock – our “Grannycam.”
She will be able to plug it in and set it to work to try and catch these reprobate relatives saying something about their theft to her husband in one of his more lucid moments. More information here.
Sadly, elder abuse is on the rise. Studies reveal that approximately 1 in 10 Americans over 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elderly people who are abused each year. And not surprisingly, one study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Robin Elliott IPS Safety Inc