So many seniors scrimp and save in order to ensure that they can live out their days in comfort and security. But for way too many older individuals, their rainy day funds become an all too enticing attraction to friends or family members who are ready to pounce. The incidence of financial elder abuse is real and growing. One in twenty seniors report being financially abused by a family member in the prior year, and most experts believe the number of victims is under-reported, as seniors are too ashamed or embarrassed to admit they’ve been exploited by someone they trusted. The results of this abuse are substantial, and can have physical and emotional consequences that can never be undone. US News and World Report recently published a 3-part series on this all too real tragedy, describing its extent and impact, and providing resources and advice in response. You can read the articles in the series Here, Here, and Here.