Elderly people in Colorado are unfortunately susceptible to abuse of many different types. They are sometimes seen as easy targets for fraudsters - over 60 percent of abuse cases involving the elderly involve the exploitation of their finances. For example, an elderly Fort Collins couple was duped out of $16,000 by a person pretending to be their granddaughter. The woman claimed she needed bail money to get out of a jail in Peru. In another case, an elderly Fort Collins woman was employing a caregiver who eventually stole over $45,000 from her. Both of these incidents happened just this year.
Stepfamilies are becoming more and more common in Colorado and across the United States. Forty-five percent of marriages currently end in divorce, and 60 percent of men get remarried. This means that four out of every 10 Americans have one or more step-relatives. Many stepfamilies get along well, but there are a multitude of tensions that can arise when a parent remarries. One of the most difficult situations that a stepfamily can face involves a step-relative becoming part of a caregiving team for an elderly or sick family member.