My sister is taking our Mothers jewelry and selling it without her consent. She has Alzheimer’s. Is this Elder neglect?

Question: My mother has Alzheimer's and is currently staying with my sister.  I have noticed that my sister has sold many of my mothers valuable jewelry without my mother's consent.  Is this considered elder abuse or neglect?

Response:Elder abuse or elder neglect is the infliction of physical, emotional, or psychological harm on an older adult. Elder abuse also can take the form of financial exploitation or intentional or unintentional neglect of an older adult by the caregiver.

Financial exploitation may include the illegal or unauthorized use of a person’s property, money, pension book or other valuables (including changing the person's will to name the abuser as heir), often fraudulently obtaining power of attorney, followed by deprivation of money or other property, or by eviction from own home.

Moving forward, please consult with an elder lawyer to determine the best course of action for your case.

Answered by Jason Tong

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