Speak to someone you trust. This could be a neighbor, a family member, a health care worker, or someone else in your community. They can help you in getting assistance.
Examine your bank, investment and pension records to confirm if there’s any suspicious activity. You can also ask for copies of cashed cheques. You may also want to review your will, deed and other important paperwork. If something is unclear, speak with your bank or financial advisor directly.
There are people who can help you look out for your best interests. This includes your family doctor, your lawyer, accountant, or even bank manager.
Fraud is a serious crime that will be taken seriously. Non-emergency police staff can be of assistance in investigating suspicious activity and potentially charging those who break the law.
Elder Abuse Ontario has a Seniors Safety Line (SSL): 1-866-299-1011. This is available 24/7 in several languages and provides people with a safe, confidential place to discuss issues.
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) has tips and resources for Canadians in every province. Visit www.cnpea.ca to learn more.