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How do I get dad to stop spending money on random stuff?

He has recently discovered how to use Amazon and is buying unnecessary stuff even though he is on a fixed income. He does not have dementia and is very logical and rational about everything else.
Status: Open    Feb 23, 2015 - 01:54 PM


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Apr 06, 2016 - 07:29 PM

Your legal options are limited, especially if he has "legal capacity." However, if his actions threaten his financial well-being, he may become a person in need of protection and you could file something in court to seek to be named as his guardian/conservator. A court would have the authority to take away his ability to manage his finances. Again, this can be quite difficult if he is deemed to have sufficient mental capacity.

Another option might be to have an intervention, as one may do for a loved one addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc.


May 08, 2015 - 01:35 PM

Does he live alone? Does he have little contact with others face to face? I wonder if it's possible he is using Amazon, and the delivery man who brings it, as a social outlet to see a human face. It may require some investigative work on your part to better understand how he structures his day but adding in some social opportunities, maybe a local senior center, visits from neighbors or friends, may help with this. Some families have also explored Meals on Wheels that not only provides nutrition but a delivery person to fulfill some of that human contact need.


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