Many adults find themselves in a position where they need to manage the finances of their parents or other senior loved ones. When age, dementia, memory challenges, and poor health start to take a toll, caregivers might need to step in and take care of money management. What should all caretakers and adult children know about money management for seniors?
If you still trust your parent or loved one to handle financial tasks like using an ATM and writing checks, getting a joint account so that you can manage things when they are unable to do so is a great idea. Joint accounts can also be started in the early stages of degenerative disease or dementia so that you can gradually take over as needed and keep an eye on deposits and withdrawals to ensure they are not being financially taken advantage of.
Fiduciaries are designated people who can act on behalf of someone else in financial decisions. They can be a trusted friend, family member, or even a third party like a lawyer or financial professional. You can designate a fiduciary through power of attorney documents, by naming a trustee in a living will, or by hiring a professional fiduciary. This is different than merely asking someone to manage money, as fiduciaries have a legal obligation to act in the best interest of the person whose money they are managing.
Tragically, every year many seniors fall victim to financial exploitation. If you are a joint account holder or if you suspect that another guardian or caregiver is taking financial advantage of your loved one, it’s important to know the signs that something is not right. Some of the most common signs of elder financial exploitation include:
If you are concerned that your loved one is being taken advantage of, you should not wait to act. Contact adult protective services or law enforcement, as well as any lawyer that your loved one has.
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