Protecting Our Elderly from Financial Abuse
Financial abuse affects individuals of all ages. Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana wants to ensure that our seniors in the Orleans Parish community age with grace and dignity while providing them with the safety and protection they deserve against elder financial abuse and neglect. Our Elderly Victim of Financial Abuse Supportive Service Program empowers seniors age 60 and above to avoid and remedy the life-changing effects of suffering through financial abuse later in life.
Thanks to a grant from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, Volunteers of America can help those seniors in need. If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of financial abuse, our case managers can help conduct an assessment within 24 hours to see if you qualify for assistance. Participants must be:
- An Orleans Parish resident
- 60 years or older
- A victim of financial abuse or exploitation
Know the Signs
Have you been a victim of financial abuse? Do any of these terms sound like something that has happened to you? To an elderly person you know?
Abuse: the infliction of physical or mental injury, or actions which may reasonably be expected to inflict physical injury, on an adult by other parties, including but limited to such means as sexual abuse, abandonment, isolation, exploitation, or extortion of funds or other things of value.
Exploitation: the illegal or improper use or management of an aged person’s funds, assets, or property, or the use of an aged person’s power of attorney for another’s profit or advantage.
Extortion: the acquisition of a thing of value from an unwilling or reluctant adult by physical force, intimidation or abuse of legal or official authority.
For more information about the Elderly Victim of Financial Abuse Supportive Service Program or to help assist older adults in need, contact Program Manager Sherlyn Hughes at 504.836.8701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.