Have you talked to your elderly family members recently? Being old is not always fun. We all see pictures of retirement communities. They always have smiling senior citizens that look happier than any person has the right to be. However, the reality is that most people are lonely and isolated in the later years of their lives. Your elderly family members could benefit from hearing from you, if only for a few minutes.
There is another benefit besides the emotional one that your elderly relatives can get from regular visits. Increasingly, senior citizens are being taken advantage of in America. It is all too common and all too easy to do. Find a senior citizen whose family never seems to be around, gain his or her trust, and convince the senior citizen to rearrange their estate plans and financial affairs for your benefit. It happens every day. Do not let it happen to your relatives.
The first and most important step to preventing elder abuse is to visit your elderly relatives frequently. No, it is not always fun to visit your relatives in a nursing home, but it is something you need to do. Make sure your loved ones really are OK.