In today’s society, the elderly have been faced with many challenges, prejudices, and stereotypes. Some of these even allow others to exploit the elderly. One of the challenges facing elderly people are scams. I have heard stories of many elderly people who have been robbed of their savings by scams that attempt to trick them. These scammers think that these senior citizens will easily fall for their scams. As can be expected of scams, many people take the bait and end up losing money. Another problem that the elderly face is loneliness. Many times people don’t spend time with their parents or grandparents and this can leave them lonely. People feel like they have no need for them anymore. This stereotype is extremely untrue as the elderly have a lot of knowledge that they have to give to others. These prejudices against the elderly can cause many problems for them. There is also a lack of social activities given for elders in communities. Many communities have many activities for children, but they don’t have many things for elders to do. This can lead to boredom in their lives. Elders that have jobs also face prejudice as many companies will fire them due to their age.
In Yuka Kayashi’s article “Scamming Grandma: Financial Abuse of Seniors Hits Record,” the author sheds light on the increasing problem of scamming the elderly. The article reveals how more and more Americans are becoming seniors every day, increasing the number of elderly abuse cases. Yuka shows how most of the bank accounts in the US are used by people over the age of 50. Yuka describes the many different types of scams elderly people face. Many scammers call these seniors pretending to be a grandchild in need of help. Other scammers also use fake dating sites to create fake relationships that cause seniors to lose their savings. The author proposes that banks can do their part to ensure these scams don’t occur more often. Bankers should intervene when elderly people are taking suspiciously large amounts of money out of their accounts at one time. A bank in North Carolina is reporting many more cases to the Treasury Department. This bank is having this success due to the training that they have begun to give their employees on a more regular basis about senior banking. The article states that banks should teach their employees about red flags that can indicate cases of elder abuse. The author explains that these efforts are making a difference in places like Tennessee where a banker was able to stop a scam from occurring after he recognized a red flag and froze the account to prevent a disaster.
In Victor Tence’s article “Elder Abuse a growing concern for SF seniors,” the author examines the jump in the number of elder abuse cases in San Francisco. According to the author, the number of elderly residents in San Francisco is growing and is expected to make up a large percent of the population. The author expresses that there is a large need for more protection for this aging population. The author explains that the number of physical abuse cases has gone down drastically, however, the number of financial abuse cases has increased by a large amount. These financial abuse cases often come from their own families who try to take their property or money through many different ways of persuasion. The author also points out the low amount of police investigations into financial abuse. Not even half of the cases were investigated by the police. Many kinds of child abuse cases and domestic violence cases were investigated, but the investigations into financial abuse are substantially lower. The city of San Francisco is trying to be the first council in California that will combat domestic violence, child abuse, and financial abuse cases.
In Ruth Omoh’s article, “Older Job Applicants Not Protected By Age Bias Law, Says US Appeals Court,” the author exposes the court decision to protect only current employees form age discrimination. The author states an example where a 58-year-old attorney was passed over for a job for a 29-year-old, less experienced candidate. This ruling in court is happening in a time when elderly workers delay their retirements due to factors like changes in retirement plans and a longer life expectancy. The author states that many people over the age of 55 are working or looking for work. This number is expected to increase over time. The author explains that many elderly workers are being forced out of work before they decide to retire. This leads to a cycle where older workers are unemployed for much longer periods than younger workers. The author claims that this new court ruling makes it easier for companies to discriminate on the basis of age. The author also states that age discrimination is more prevalent in certain areas. It is especially prevalent in the technology sector. The author also explains how age discrimination applies more to minorities and women. The author states that the court decision is unfair as it punishes people who have more work experience and disqualifies people who have worked hard to become good at something.