When an elderly woman has a relative or someone else living with her who keeps others away, controls where she goes, and what she does, that individual may be said to be exerting ‘undue influence.’
What this means in practical terms is that the person may be trying to take advantage, for personal or financial gain.
We’re seeing this type of thing happen more frequently with the bad economy. It can occur with caregivers who see an opportunity. Or with an adult child down on their luck who doesn’t think twice about helping himself to Mom’s pocketbook.
If you see this kind of situation, it merits some investigation. Contact your local police if you believe an elder is at risk.