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Dealing with Elder Abuse

Imagine rushing to the hospital after learning that your elderly parent has had a stroke and will need long-term care. On arriving, you find out that your parent no longer has the long-term care policy that you thought was in place to cover this very situation. As you dig deeper, you find that your parent recently signed a power of attorney that named a stranger as an agent with complete authority over your parent's financial assets. That stranger cashed out everything, leaving your parent without the financial resources needed for future care and expenses. Unfortunately situations like this are more common than most people realize. There are various forms of elder abuse, some less obvious than others, but still just as serious in terms of the harm that can be done to an elderly person's well-being or financial assets. This section offers helpful resources on how to identify and remedy instances of elder abuse.

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