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Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence.

But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, "What if?" scenarios can often overwhelm the mind. "What if she falls down?" "What if he forgets something on the stove?" "What if she doesn't tell me it's getting harder for her to get around?"

If you feel like this, you're not alone. In 2007 the AARP surveyed boomer women and found that two-thirds are concerned about their parents' ability to live independently.

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Protect Seniors from Fraud (1 of 5)

Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® introduces a video series on scams and fraud and how to help your senior loved one from becoming a victim.


U.S. Alert - Three Senior Crimes Are on the Rise

Rising incidents of scams targeting older adults present an enormous threat to seniors' security, both financially and emotionally. Three crimes, in particular, are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare and medication fraud, and financial exploitation.

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The Impact Fraud Can Have on Seniors: Protect Seniors from Fraud (2 of 5)

Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about why seniors become targets of scams and the impact of this fraud.


Canada Alert - Three Senior Crimes Are on the Rise

Growing fraud against seniors threatens both financial and emotional security. Seniors who have been defrauded may suffer long-lasting trauma that often erodes their sense of trust and well-being, senior care experts have noted.

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How to Identify & Prevent Seinor Fraud: Protect Seinors from Fraud (3 of 5)

The kinds of senior financial scams and how to identify them, hosted by Mary Alexander for Home Instead Senior Care®.

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The Top Scams Against Seniors: Protect Seniors from Fraud (4 of 5)

Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses the eight most common financial scams against seniors.


Anatomy of a Scam

It seems as though scammers are targeting older adults wherever they can – often creating elaborate mail, email and Internet, and telephone strategies. That's why it's important for seniors to know how to spot a potential scam.

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Preventing & Reporting Senior Scams: Protect Seniors from Fraud (5 of 5)

Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about the steps to take to avoid senior scams and what to do if your senior loved one becomes a victim.


The Impact of Crime

The 2011 AARP Foundation National Fraud Victim Study revealed that only 25 percent of people older than 50 in the U.S. reported to an authority that they had fallen for a scam. According to Statistics Canada, about seven in 10 crimes against older Canadians are never reported to police because victims did not believe the incident was important enough to seek help or because they dealt with the issue personally.

View an enlarged view of the home's targets,  U.S. Senior Fraud Triggers and Targets (PDF 1.3Mb) or the Canadian Senior Fraud Triggers (PDF 1.3Mb)

Common Targets for Fraudsters

The "sold" sign posted on the front yard was like a beacon for the con men, who had observed the elderly couple in the process of selling their home to move to an assisted living facility.

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