If someone tells you they are being abused, pressured or coerced, it is best to believe them, take their claims seriously, ask questions and offer support.
Despite a history of being financially responsible, bills are not being paid on time. You may notice unpaid bills piling up, collection notices or unopened mail accumulating.
You notice a decline in their standard of living that is not in keeping with their income or usual habits.
Unusual changes to a person’s financial behavior, especially cash withdrawals or transfers of money are occurring. This is particularly questionable if they do not appear to be spending this money on themselves.
Precious and valuable items appear to be missing from their homes. This could be a result of theft, pawning or pressured gifting.
This can include someone unexpectedly moving in with them (potentially rent-free) or the sudden sale of the person’s home.
The PoA makes decisions or takes actions, which are not in the best interests of the older adult. Examples of abuse include theft or misuse of funds or going against the older adult’s wishes.
Visit the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO) for more resources and tips. You may also wish to contact local law enforcement agencies (police) for further guidance.