Seniors and Financial Exploitation
Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging District 7
August 2016 Monthly Column
Elder Financial Exploitation is a crime that has been called the “Crime of
the 21st Century.” The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) and its
Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program encourages the public
to understand more about this issue and learn how to take steps to
prevent financial exploitation.
Financial Exploitation is the illegal use of the money or property of a senior or disabled adult for another person’s profit. It occurs when a senior or disabled adult is tricked, persuaded or forced into handing over money or property to a son, daughter, other relative, professional caregiver, or a stranger. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you may think. A recent study found that financial abuse is reported in only 1 of every 44 cases. This means that criminal exploitation goes undetected and unaddressed in 43 of every 44 instances.
Financial Exploitation can occur anywhere - in the home, in nursing homes, or other long‐term care settings, and anyone can be a victim. It crosses all socio‐economic groups, cultures, and races. Statistically, women and “older” adults are most likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues - of both abusers and victims - are strong risk factors. Social isolation can also contribute to risk.
Our national association, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), has a very informative brochure on their website entitled, “Answers on Aging – Financial Exploitation – Safeguarding Your Money and Property”. Included in the brochure is valuable information including the signs, risk factors, and a helpful checklist to help you avoid financial exploitation. You can view this brochure at www.n4a.org and click on “n4a Initiatives” and then “Answers on Aging: Financial Exploitation”. Or, call our Agency for more information.
The AAA7’s Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Department is also available to speak to community groups about financial exploitation. For more information, call us at 1-800-582-7277.
To learn more about long-term care resources in your community, call our Agency at 1-800-582-7277. We can even schedule an in-home assessment at no cost to discuss resources further. The AAA7 covers ten counties in Ohio including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016
Big city music comes to the small town of Gallipolis when the concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim performs with The Ohio Valley Symphony September 10 at 7:30 pm. Kim will be performing on a 1757 J. B. Guadagnini violin almost 100 years older than the historic Ariel Theatre. It will be a treat for the ears to hear the timbre of a fine old instrument in the vintage opera house.
This concert pairs up two titans of composition, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff with a musical titan, David Kim, concert master of one of the world’s greatest orchestras. It is interesting to note that Rachmaninoff had close ties with the Philadelphia Orchestra even taking the baton to lead the group in a 1929 recording. In his later years, he said he composed with the sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra in his head and he dedicated his final composition to the group.
More than 45 million Americans suffer from venous diseases. Twenty five percent of women and 15 percent of men have the disease, while only 3 percent of these patients have ever been treated.
Holzer offers free vein screenings several times a year at our locations. In addition, Holzer Vein Center will be offering free vein screenings at our local fairs. Vein screenings will be offered at the Gallia County Fair on Monday, August 1 from 1pm to 6pm at the Holzer Trailer, the Mason County Fair on Tuesday, August 9 from 12noon to 4pm, and at the Meigs County Fair on Thursday, August 18 from 12noon to 4pm.
Interested in being trained to help your community better manage their chronic disease or diabetes conditions? The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) is looking for community leaders to assist with facilitating its Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Classes. Community, or lay, leaders will continue to support the classes in their individual communities after they complete training through the AAA7. An upcoming training is scheduled in Hillsboro beginning August 15th for those individuals who are interested in serving as a lay leader in their community.
Self-management programs for people with chronic conditions and diabetes are designed to help those with chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and diabetes, learn to manage their conditions and take control of their health. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) was created at Stanford University and is a proven community initiative that provides health benefits and promotes disease prevention.
CDSMP and DSMP are six-session workshops that meet once a week where participants learn how to minimize symptoms such as fatigue, pain, stress and depression. It teaches skills for communication, managing medications, better breathing, and how to design your own self-management program. The program focuses on the participants' role in managing their illnesses and building their confidence so that they can be successful in adopting healthier behaviors. Workshops are highly interactive, where workshop leaders, as well as group members, provide support while learning new techniques for dealing with symptoms.
Do you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling? Would you like to help people manage their concerns about falls and increase their physical activity? The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) is looking for community coaches to assist with facilitating its falls management program entitled “Matter of Balance.” Volunteer coaches will continue to support the classes in their individual communities after they complete training through the AAA7. An upcoming coaches training will be held in Hillsboro (Highland County) for those interested in serving as a volunteer coach in their community. Currently, the AAA7 is recruiting coaches for Matter of Balance in all ten of the counties they serve which includes Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants in the class learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength.
Coaches for Matter of Balance help participants become more confident about managing falls and help participants identify ways to reduce falls. In addition, coaches lead exercise to help participants increase their strength and balance. Coaches should have good communication and interpersonal skills; exhibit enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults; and have the ability to lead low to moderate level exercise. Once trained, coaches can schedule their classes for twice a week for four weeks or once a week for eight weeks. Classes are two hours long each.