Bills can become confusing for individuals with dementia

A person with self-neglect can experience financial hardship. The problem can appear due to poor management of money. This could have result in financial strain and the person may become unable to afford basic needs such as utilities or rent (Burnett et al., 2014).. Self-neglect is a risk factor for financial exploitation(Dong, Simon, & Evans, 2013).

Financial Services Available

Every state has resources dedicated to providing community-based services for vulnerable older adults. The goal is to offer help that keeps the elderly living independently (, n.d.). There a wide range of state assistance programs available to eligible individuals. The assistance may include home health aides and skilled nursing care. Other services may include delivering food for the individual who is unable to prepare meals. One example is Meals on Wheels. Other services may include assistance with transportation to medical appointments or going shopping. Many states offer caregiver assistance programs that provide family caregivers with information, counseling, and respite services (, n.d.).


Burnett, J., Dyer, C. B., Halphen, J. M., Achenbaum, W. A., Green, C. E., Booker, J. G., & Diamond, P. M. (2014). Four subtypes of self‐neglect in older adults: Results of a latent class analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society62(6), 1127-1132.

Dong, X., Simon, M., & Evans, D. (2013). Elder self-neglect is associated with increased risk for elder abuse in a community-dwelling population findings from the Chicago Health and Aging Project. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(1), 80-96. (n.d.). State Resources. Retrieved January 8, 2017 from

Last updated: June 7, 2020 at 16:38 pm by
I. M. Abumaria, Doctor of Nursing Practice
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