Archive for August 4, 2013
What is elderly abuse? This is when someone intentionally or unintentionally harms, or puts in a potentially harmful situation, a vulnerable elderly person in their care. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglectful, or even financial. In a recent study, an incredible 8 to 10% of participants reported experiencing senior abuse in the previous year.
Do you suspect someone you know is experiencing elder abuse? Here are four facts you should be aware of.
1. Warning Signs
There are many warning signs of abuse that you can watch for. Physical abuse, for example, is often evident in bruises and broken bones seniors sustain. It can also be more subtle. Has your senior had broken glasses or jewelry? This can be a sign that abuse is taking place. Malnutrition, often assumed to be an effect of old age, can