It’s been more than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic started; a year of fear, isolation, and loneliness for a great many older adults. Physical distancing has eliminated the ability to provide the warmth and comfort of a hug or even an in-person smile in many cases. Yet humans are social creatures, and this lack of socialization has numerous seniors turning to online sources of connection – such as dating websites. While this might appear harmless and perhaps beneficial, there can be hidden dangers for the elderly specifically, known as sweetheart scammers. Here is what to watch out for when it comes to protecting seniors from sweetheart scams.
You may wish to take into consideration logging in to your loved one’s email account to monitor activity and help your senior loved one discern between actual relationships and scammers.
Most of all, talk with the senior about the frequency of online sweetheart scams. Listen to your loved one’s description of his/her new love interest and how the relationship is progressing. Point out any warning signs and help your loved one be aware of the danger he or she could possibly be facing. Protecting seniors from sweetheart scams may be as simple as having an honest conversation with your loved one about your concerns.
Midnight Sun Home Care is here to assist with safe, trusted caregivers to provide seniors with the cheerful companionship that alleviates isolation, loneliness, and desperation. Contact us online or call us at (907) 677-7890 for a free of charge in-home consultation and for more information about our senior care in Anchorage, AK, and the surrounding areas.