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In-home Caregiver in San Marcos: Take Scams Seriously

It is easy for us to laugh at scams that promise us thousands of dollars if we simply hand over some personal information or make a small investment. But for seniors, scams are no laughing matter. The combination of financial pressure, decreasing mental sharpness, and an unfamiliarity with modern technology leave many seniors vulnerable to devastating loss. The in-home caregiver in San Marcos offers some insight about why scams are such a problem for the elderly.

Financial Pressure

Often a senior is keenly aware of his monetary needs, or perhaps those of his spouse. Seeing family members sacrifice to meet those needs is painful and humbling. When an email or phone call claims that thousands of dollars are available for the asking, it seems like an answer to prayer! A senior in this position may be more willing to suppress doubt and hope for the best.

Decreasing Mental Sharpness

Scammers understand that seniors are often more easily deceived than younger folks. They target the elderly and rely on confusing, fast-paced tactics to get their victims to take action without consulting family members first. They may even resort to using fear or threats to getting the result they want. A family member or in-home caregiver in San Diego County can help by screening emails and phone calls.

In-home Caregiver in San Diego: Modern Technology

While you may be aware of the danger, your senior loved one may not understand how a small piece of personal information could be used to steal money from her. Have a talk with your senior and encourage them never to give out information to strangers, even if they are legitimate requests. If she can remember to always refer queries to a responsible family member, she will have a strong line of defense against scammers.

Originally posted 2014-04-15 10:30:40.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.