Elder Abuse

  • Any type of abuse that is directed at a senior, e.g. physical, mental, emotional, sexual, etc…
  • Knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult

Elder Abuse includes:

  • Physical Abuse: Inflicting physical pain or injury on an elder, including, but not limited to hitting, throwing, slapping, bruising, or restraining them by physical or chemical means
  • Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact or forced behavior of any kind
  • Exploitation: The illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, and/or assets of an elder for someone else’s benefit
  • Psychological Abuse: Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on a senior person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliation, intimidation, or threats
  • Neglect: The failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable senior.
  • Abandonment: Desertion of a vulnerable senior by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person
  • Self-neglect: The failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and such failure is threatening his/her own health or safety

Elder abuse Indicators:

  1. Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and/or burns may be indicators of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
  2. Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and/or unusual depression episodes may indicate emotional abuse.
  3. Bruises around the breasts or genital area may indicate sexual abuse.
  4. Sudden changes in financial situations may be occurring from exploitation.
  5. Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and/or unusual weight loss are indications of possible neglect.
  6. Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses or caregivers are indications of verbal or emotional abuse.
  7. Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and senior are also signs.

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Senior / Elder Abuse is a Crime and should be reported immediately!

Elder Abuse is most often physical or in the form of psychological threats. This type of abuse happens frequently in nursing homes, but can happen in private homes by family and/or friends as well.

Be alert. Their suffering is often in silence. If you notice changes in an elder’s personality or behavior, you should start to question and watch more carefully for what is really going on.

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