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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, June 15th, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is a day for all of us to help protect our family’s elders.

My aunt is 94 years old and lives about 800 miles from me. Driving over simply isn’t possible for day-to-day issues. Her hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, but she is still in good mental health and cognitively aware of what’s going on in her world.

But she was never a techie, so she needs help with her computer issues, and I’m glad to help. Here are a few the things my family and I have done to help her:

  • We set up two factor authentication for her email accounts. Her email account was previously hacked, so this has prevented a hacking reoccurrence.
  • We’ve talked many times about how to spot potentially malicious emails, and she’s gotten pretty good at it. But she still asks me questions from time to time, which I absolutely encourage. Better safe than sorry.
  • I keep a list of her main passwords, because sometimes she looses her pieces of paper. I had to refer to my list just this week.
  • We set up software so I can remotely log into her computer to see what’s going on and fix problems. This is SO much more efficient than long and complex phone exchanges like “What do you see on the screen now?” and “Is there a blue button in the lower right corner?”. Now I can quickly and efficiently fix various issues myself without troubling her.

Of course, I don’t pry so she keeps as much privacy as possible.

I encourage each of you to consider what actions you can take to keep the elders in your family safe.