Recognizing Elder Abuse

Recognizing Elder Abuse

Did you know that one in ten individuals over the age of 60 have experienced abuse? According to the National Council of Aging, about five million senior Americans face elder abuse yearly! The act can be a singular occurrence or repeated. The abuse can be committed by family, long-term care staff or friends. Elder abuse can be: Physical Emotional Verbal Psychological Sexual Neglect Financial exploitation Healthcare fraud and scams The abuse of seniors can occur at home, in institutions and community settings. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women are more likely to be abused than men, yet seniors who are isolated, physically disabled or mentally impaired are also vulnerable. Warning signs of elder abuse: Bruises, broken bones, burns, abrasions, pressure marks, scars Lack of proper medical needs, deprivation Inappropriate use of drugs or restraints Bedsores, odor, weight loss, poor personal hygiene Withdrawal, depression, strained relationships, sudden changes in attitude with a caregiver Yelling, threats, humiliation, abuse of power...
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