Category : Awareness

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Scams & Fraud

  • Posted On July 11, 2017
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Scams and Fraud

“There seems tobe a day when  never we don’t hear about, or someone doesn’t experience, a scam or fraud in one way or another. From the young to the elderly, these crimes can have a devastating affect on all of us!

See the different ways we all have to remain on alert for this ever growing problem…”


Lilacs & Greensleeves: A Special Message From Karen

  • Posted On July 11, 2017
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A Special Message From Karen

“In California, the term elder abuse refers to a broad range of wrongs committed against citizens aged 65 years or older. Elder abuse can be in the form of physical, financial and, in some cases, sexual mistreatment of elderly persons. The law in California recognizes person 65 years and over as a protected class and, much like those governing the treatment of children, adds extra penalties and rights of recovery against those who take advantage of elder citizens. With the current population having longer life expectancies than prior generations, elder abuse is on the rise and the financial losses from elder abuse in this country in one year were in the billions of dollars.

As a civil attorney, the type of elder abuse I see most often is financial elder abuse, which I have come to realize can take many forms. While the abuse more often comes from those related to or caring for the elderly person, I have also encountered situations where solicitors and salesman have taken advantage of a person that they knew to be age 65 and over and influenced that person to sign contracts, pay money and provide access to their homes. Financial elder abuse is more common when elderly persons have amassed significant wealth, but I have also seen persons with little net worth be taken advantage of by their own spouses and children in order to persuade them to give up legal rights.

In the case of financial elder abuse, fraud often plays a significant role. Unfortunately, some family members, friends, and others are willing to misrepresent facts, lie about the meaning of a legal document, or obtain signatures on documents they have not explained in order to gain access to real property, bank accounts, investment accounts, credit cards, and other assets held by persons the age of 65 or older. In addition, I have personally had clients that were isolated by family or caregivers, lied to and told that no one wants them and they will not receive care unless they agree to do certain things. I have also encountered family members and friends who hid mail, change the mailing addresses for elder family members without their consent, and remove items from households without knowledge of the elderly person. These are all sadly ways through which people gain access to personal and financial information of elderly persons.

In addition to the foregoing, the following are common examples of financial elder abuse:

(1) influencing or defrauding a person to either add a family member or close friend to the title of real property belonging to the elderly person or to transfer title to real property owned by an elderly person to a third party;

(2) persuading an elderly person, often living alone, to enter into contracts, sign up for services, and seek large payments up front which are then immediately negotiated before the person realizes what happened – this can include telephone solicitations;

(3) convincing an elderly person to add joint owners to bank accounts, which allows any other owner full access to withdraw funds; or to provide safe deposit box access;

(4) influencing an elderly person to add a co-signer on a credit card account, including general credit cards or specialty cards like Sears, Macy’s, etc.;

(5) more generally, gain a position of trust with an elderly person to gain access to personal and financial information, including estate planning documents, cash, stocks, mutual funds, bank accounts and annuities;

If you suspect that an elder is being abused, unduly influenced or defrauded in some way, it is important to utilize the services of Adult Protective Service and, in some instances, consult with an attorney to verify the rights and remedies afforded to the victim under civil law. Indeed, there may be certain immediate action to be taken such as temporary restraining orders, removing clouds on title to real property, or freezing, flagging or closing accounts.

A well-drafted estate plan can aide an elderly person and the people around them to resist elder abuse or at least direct financial institutions as to the authorized person allowed to act on the elderly person’s behalf. Having trusted and qualified primary care physicians and specialists will also help when the time comes to determine whether a person can no longer make financial or personal decisions.

Although not my specific area of practice, in the event of actual or suspected physical or sexual abuse of an elder, the state provides Adult Protective Services and law enforcement resources to assist in identifying, investigating, and hopefully combatting and prosecuting the mistreatment.”

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to constitute legal advice, or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with a licensed attorney if you suspect that yourself or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse.

Zubiate-Beauchamp, LLP website here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Dehydration

  • Posted On June 13, 2017
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“Everyone needs water to survive. Water delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout our bodies. It protects and moistens organs and tissue, and carries wastes out of the body. Water also controls body temperature by making sweat to cool you down when you become hot. Our bodies lose fluids every day through urination, perspiration, and even when we breathe. These fluids need to be replaced. While every person’s body is different, most adults should drink about 8 glasses (1 glass = 8 ounces) of fluids every day, and most children over age four should drink about 6-10 glasses every day.

What is dehydration?

When your body does not have enough water or liquid, it cannot work the way it should. This is called dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses liquid more quickly than it is replaced. This can happen as a result of:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Increased perspiration caused by fever, exercise, or hot and humid weather
  • Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that increase urination (coffee, tea, or soda)
  • Taking certain medications that increase urination (diuretics, antihistamines or blood pressure medications)
  • Bladder infections or urinary tract infections
  • Eating certain foods (especially salty foods or broths)
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • The same things that commonly cause dehydration – diarrhea, vomiting, and increased sweating or urination – also cause your body to lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts and minerals (including sodium, potassium and chloride) that dissolve in your blood. A proper balance of electrolytes is necessary for cells, organs and the nervous system to function properly. Losing electrolytes during dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop, and make you feel dizzy or lightheaded.

How can I tell if someone is dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration can be mild or severe. If someone is dehydrated, he or she may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness, especially when moving or standing up
  • A dry, sticky mouth
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark urine
  • An inability to produce sweat or tears
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Sleepiness, tiredness or confusion
  • Chills

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always the best gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children or older adults. The color of a person’s urine may be a better indicator. Clear or light-colored urine usually means that a person is well-hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color signals they are not drinking enough water.

What should I do if someone I support is dehydrated?”

Read more here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: National Stroke Awareness Month

  • Posted On May 4, 2017
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

The mission of the National Stroke Association is “to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.”

  • They promote life-saving stroke information
  • They provide objective and credible information
  • They impact survivor empowerment and stroke community quality of life
  • They give voice to those denied their rights because of stroke

“May marks National Stroke Awareness Month and National Stroke Association took to the streets of Denver to ask passersby what they know about stroke.”

The findings can be seen here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: March is Fall Prevention

  • Posted On March 14, 2017
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From Fall Prevention Center of Excellence:

“Successful fall prevention involves the three main strategies of: balance training and physical activity; medical management; and, environmental/home modifications. Whether you are a service provider, an interested individual, a caregiver, or an educator/researcher, remember that a combination of all three interventions are necessary to prevent falls in the home and out in the community.

Are you concerned about a family member or friend falling? Are you an informal or paid caregiver? Do you want to know more about common problems that contribute to falls, and learn about simple steps to prevent them? Do you wish to learn about assistive devices or environmental/home modifications that can reduce the risks for falling?”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: February is ‘Heart Health’ Month

  • Posted On February 1, 2017
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From the American Heart Association:

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the world. Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability. Too many families are losing loved ones of all ages. Each year, these diseases kill more than 786,000 Americans, which is larger than the population of several states (Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming). Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans. Many suffer terribly from disabilities caused by these diseases. The American Heart Association wants everyone to understand the threat – and to know that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what we call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.”

Read more here about ‘Heart Health’ from the American Heart Association!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Holiday Blues…Depression and the Elderly

  • Posted On December 9, 2016
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The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. If you are a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, you may observe a change in their mood or behavior during the holidays. You may notice unusual signs of fatigue or sadness or perhaps limited interest in the holiday season.

The winter holiday season (and the colder months which accompany it) can intensify feelings of sadness which aging seniors often experience. Most often it is not the holiday itself that cause these types of emotions among the elderly, rather the fact that the holidays tend to bring memories of earlier, perhaps happier times.

Symptoms to look for:

Depressed or irritable mood

Feelings of worthlessness or sadness

Expressions of helplessness


Loss of interest in daily activities

Loss of appetite

Weight loss

Lack of attention to personal care and hygiene


Difficulty concentrating

Irresponsible behavior

Obsessive thoughts about death and suicide

Read the full article here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dementia Awareness

  • Posted On October 6, 2016
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As you can see, there are several types of Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful website to go to and find great information on this multifaceted disease such as:

“What is Alzheimer’s ~ What is Dementia ~ Diagnosis ~ Stages ~ Treatment”

About Dementia:

“Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.”

Read more here>

And you can know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s opposed to what is typical!!

See them here>

What are the risk factors?

Age and Family History are two!

Let’s stand together in the fight to end Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia!

Knowledge is power!!