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  1. Thank you all for the kind words. Sue is working with the LCS on a day, at this time it will possibly be Sunday but a confirmed date and time will be posted as soon as we know it.
  2. My Dad Ross loved the area and more importantly the people in the area of Lake Chapala..... after being there even for a short period of time I was able to see why he loved it so much. Sadly he passed away this afternoon. Some of his closest friends will be organizing a service for the end of the week before I bring him home to Canada, there will be a post with the details in the next day or so should anyone wish to attend.
  3. Most Canadians may already be aware but the RCMP are in Mexico City and available to assist/liaise with the local police should you have a criminal issue. Our dad is Ross Brownridge also in recent years known as the candy man. Although his good nature and love to be around people initiated the giving of candy the illness magnified the gesture to almost an obsessive routine. He trusted people and was clearly an easy mark. We are still consulting with legal on charges and any other legal option against his so called friend and past lawyer, once that is concluded i will be posting all info for the community so you know the true character of these 2.
  4. yes it is and we are looking into that as well as other options hearing this is not the first time for the lawyer and as far as the so called care giver we are certainly trying to determine if he has done this before..someone so focused on getting what he wants, it cant be the first time and he has lived there 15 years. That facebook page of shame ..is it under chapala society ??
  5. It was not a doctor ....the medical field has been fantastic as have most of the people there. This was a so called (canadian) friend who took control of the finances and worked wth a lawyer who we have since found out did some questionable work for dad in past. There were documents recently found during dads hospitalization dated this December giving this person his car computer and all his possessions, we have also uncovered a new will written at a time when the Alzheimer's was already evident leaving the lawyer a chunk of money and this friend signing it as a witness. They continue to present as being ethical or doing what they felt was best ..clearly per documents and actions that is simply a scam. To be clear the money that is now gone from the Mexican bank accounts and his possessions per his original will were to go to the Lake Chapala area children and women in need. I have taken what he has left and that he is no longer able to enjoy or use and with the assistance of some true friends donated them to local charities per his original requests. If you have a good take on who you are dealing with professionally or personally that is fantastic....for those who maybe needing legal services or a personal caregiver simply suggesting you ask around and talk to friends or family so they can be in the loop.
  6. good to know given those involved are part of the retirement community or promote their practice within the community! thank you
  7. With Alzheimer's it is difficult ...one of the reasons he was a target. Simply trying to make people aware and be cautious
  8. As in all beautiful retirement communities there are people who choose to target individuals they believe they can take advantage of for profit. I have recently experienced this first hand in your community with my father being a victim. I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking to many residents who state this is too common an occurrence however difficult to monitor and prevent. I am looking into the police and legal side of this issue in our case but thought why not start or keep the discussion going. The best way to monitor or address unethical people is to know about them and discuss with your neighbors, discuss with new people who are coming to join your community, discuss with anyone who has a vested interest. There are lawyers, there are retirement residences, there are individuals posing as support workers or even worse posing as friends with the sole intention of benefitting financially. As a community you can prevent someone from going thru such loss and such a violation simply thru discussion. Form a home grown better business bureau, a panel of residents who can confirm and research complaints, concerns and experiences. Issues that seem impossible to fix or simply convincing yourself that is just the way it is ...or it won't happen to me or my loved ones, those are the issues that need discussion the most. I work in policing and live in a city known for retirement opportunities. I see first hand these same issues and also see how the community can clamp down on these people who act as if they are a friend but their agenda is far from it. I hope if nothing else some awareness or discussion takes place when you are choosing or referring a professional or member of the community to others so they can have a positive experience and simply enjoy their new life in such a wonderful location. Thank you
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