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5 Ways Aging Adults Can Avoid Being Targeted by Criminals

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on June 12, 2017

The risk of becoming susceptible to crime increases with age, and criminals sometimes take advantage of a senior’s trusting nature for their own financial gain. Cybercrime, identity theft, and home burglaries are some of the most common crimes committed against aging adults. For this reason, seniors should know a few strategies that deter crime.

1. Protect Private Information Online

Social media helps seniors connect with their loved ones. However, it is important to make sure strangers are not able to see private information. Seniors should set their privacy settings to the highest level and be cautious about discussing things such as a vacation before their home is left unattended.   

Seniors with serious health conditions can also use social media to search online support groups and communities. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, an in-home care provider Chandler, Arizona, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.   

2. Verify Contact with Financial Institutions

A common phone scam used to target seniors involves a criminal calling and posing as a bank employee or an IRS official to obtain personal information. Financial institutions or the government will not ask for personal information such as a social security number over the phone, and a bank will already have a senior’s account information. If a caller asks for personally identifiable information, seniors should hang up and call their financial institution directly to verify if it is real. A similar tactic can be used through email, so seniors should be wary of requests for personal information online.

3. Create an Active Household Environment

Burglars often watch neighborhoods to see which houses are left alone for long periods. To prevent theft and burglaries, seniors should make their homes look as busy as possible.

4. Set Up an Automated Home Security System

Moments of forgetfulness can leave seniors vulnerable to crime. Seniors should consider installing automated home security systems that allow them to lock the doors using a smartphone app before leaving their home. Security cameras are also a wonderful deterrent for crime, and family members can use these types of systems to check on their senior loved ones remotely. Seniors can also use home security apps to check the front door before opening it.

Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Chandler, Arizona, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.

5. Hire Trusted Caregivers

Some seniors are targeted by people they know. Seniors should only be left alone with trusted relatives or caregivers. A reputable caregiver can look for signs of criminal activity such as a new friend suddenly asking for money or a strange phone call asking for personal information. With trustworthy caregivers in place, seniors can keep crime at bay.

Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Chandler, AZ, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To create a customized care plan for your elderly loved one, call us at 480.448.6215 today.