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Alzheimer's Disease

Helping Someone with Alzheimer's Disease

08/04/2004

Question:

I have a customer that has been told she has Alzheimer's disease by her doctors. I work for a bank and I know that she has been taken advantage of with her account by a number of “Contractors” helping her with her house. Unfortunately, I have watched her account continue to dwindle down. I know these people are taking total advantage of her and I do not know where to go to get help. She has no family and I cannot continue to let this happen to her and as her banker I need some kind of direction. Should I contact the police or the district Attorney? Where do I go to help her? She has gone through a large sum of money in the past few months and does not recall what checks she has written. Please help me.

Answer:

You are to be commended for you concern for a vulnerable older adult. I would recommend that you contact the local authorities such as the police department, and/or Adult Protective Services department. Adult Protective Services is an agency that all communities generally have to protect older adults from exploitation and abuse. 

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Response by:

Paula K Ogrocki, PhD Paula K Ogrocki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University