Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are just plain illegal. When you are caring for a loved one with dementia – some of these calls can also be dangerous. It is not uncommon for older adults to be frequently solicited by a variety of organizations – some legitimate and some not. While many of us may be able to tell the difference between a real organization and a false one (though it seems to get more difficult every day!)- a person with dementia may or may not be able to tell. A person with dementia may also offer up extensive personal information that can be used to steal their identity or their assets. These offenses are terrible and while it is very difficult to deal with the aftermath of such an assault, there are some things you can do to protect your loved ones.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Website offers up a wealth of information and resources to help you reduce the number of unwanted messages you get by phone and online. Learn more here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/limiting-unwanted-calls-emails