Kaye cited in WalletHub study on states with best elder-abuse protections

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, was featured in the “Ask the Experts” section of a WalletHub study on “2016’s states with the best elder-abuse protections.” Maine ranked No. 17 overall, as well as No. 3 for “Highest Nursing Homes Quality.” Kaye said the best way to protect family members from being taken advantage of financially is to maintain open lines of communication. “Older adults and family members also need to be continuously educated about the risks and signs of potential neglect, abuse and exploitation,” Kaye said. “Being an educated consumer is crucial and ultimately the best defense.”