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3 Ways to Protect an Aging Loved One with Alzheimer’s Against Fraud

Alzheimer’s Care in East Haven CT

Alzheimer's CareThis week is National Fraud Week and when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they could actually be at an increased risk of being victimized by a scam.

You want to protect your loved one as much is you can, so what can you do? There are several things people can do to help protect elderly family members against becoming victims of fraud.

Here are three ways you might be able to actually make a positive difference and keep your elderly loved one safe as they deal with Alzheimer’s disease and the various signs and symptoms of it.

1. Inform them about scams.

Not many people are actually aware of how prevalent scams are over the phone and over email. If the senior shares emails with family members and friends, make them aware that some scam artists are very adept at making their emails and the websites they link to look like legitimate companies, especially companies they may already do business with.

Also make them aware that some people calling on the phone selling items or looking for information are looking to steal their identity, credit card numbers, and other vital information.

No one should share personal information over the phone with anyone, even if it sounds like a legitimate call from their financial institution or company they already do business with. No legitimate company is going to contact the customer over the phone and ask him to verify their identity, username and password, or credit card information.

Tell the senior to hang up or close the email, look up the company’s legitimate information, and call them at that legitimate phone number to verify.

2. Educate them about emails.

As mentioned previously, emails can be very dangerous. Even if it looks like it’s coming from their bank, credit card company, or other company they generally do business with, they should consider it a possible scam.

Never click a link in the email. As with phone calls, legitimate companies are never going to solicit email customers and tell them to verify their identity by clicking on a link. Always out of the email, go to the company’s legitimate website, then contact them directly through it.

3. Hire home care support.

By relying on an experienced caregiver, a person with Alzheimer’s can have somebody there with them during the day to ask questions and get advice, especially if they received emails or phone calls from people they don’t know.

The more aware people are of fraud and potential scams, especially over the phone or email, the safer they can be, including those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in East Haven, CT. Please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare East Haven. Call today: (203) 691-5071.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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