Elder abuse: Deaf, retired Mattydale man loses $105,000 to 'friends' repaid
Ray Gratzer, 78, of Mattydale, poses with his final repayment check outside County Court today. He is joined by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren. Two people were convicted of stealing $105,000 from him in a case of elder abuse.(Douglass Dowty | firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘Elder abuse’ charged
RUSSELLVILLE — A Colbert County woman already in jail on traffic and drug-related charges now is accused of bilking several thousands of dollars from an elderly Russellville man, police said Friday.
Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said Jennifer Ann Lunsford, 41, 1565 Choctaw St., Cherokee, is charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person.
Holidays time to check for elder abuse
The holiday season offers a chance to reconnect with older family members and friends. Most reunions can be filled with joy. But some may leave you filled with concern.
If an elderly relative, friend or acquaintance doesn't look or act right, they may need help. There may be numerous causes for their condition, but in some cases you may have to think the unthinkable -- they may be a victim of elder abuse.
"If their physical appearance has changed in any way, if they've lost a lot of weight, seem somewhat more confused or something suddenly has changed in their financial circumstances, those types of things are red flags," says Donna Dougherty, attorney in charge of JASA's legal services for the elderly. JASA, an acronym for Jewish Association Serving the Aging, is a Manhattan-based, not-for-profit organization that provides social services, legal advice and nutrition services for seniors in the metropolitan area.