This course examines the risk of financial abuse to elders with and without a diagnosis of dementia. Signs of elder abuse are identified; alongside steps loved ones and caregivers can take to protect elders from becoming victim to financial abuse. Legal protections against financial elder abuse are also discussed. Financial wellbeing and independence is a key component of overall wellbeing throughout adult life. It is important that elders are protected from abuse, particularly if left more vulnerable by a diagnosis of dementia. As such, it is essential that caregivers understand their role, and the protections available to them, in order to safeguard elders in their care. There is also a part 2 to the course – ‘mom’s not paying her bills so now what’, outlining practical realities of financial elder abuse through a series of short videos and equipping learners with real world knowledge of how to deal with challenges in this area.
The audience for this course is people caring for elders with dementia. This includes family involved in the care of a loved one with dementia, and those employed in the care industry working in residential or daycare facilities.