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Neglect or mistreatment of older people is called elder abuse. It can happen anywhere, at home by
family or friends, in nursing homes or by other caregivers. Elder abuse is any harm done to an older
person by anyone who the older person relies on for their basic needs.
The abuse can be physical, financial or emotional. If the abuse is from a family member or a friend it
can be very hard to deal with.


Forms of Abuse (but not limited to)


       Physical
       Assault
       Unnecessary physical restraint
       Burns, cuts, bruises, welts, rope marks


Neglect


       Abandonment
       Failing to provide meals
       Lacking or neglect of medical attention
       Not providing basic needs


Financial


       Theft of pensions, money, property
       Making older person change their will or sell property
       Misuse of Power of Attorney
       Fraud, forgery or extortion
       Family members’ influence not always good


Psychological


       Yelling, insulting, humiliating or threatening
       Treating an older person like a child


Who is the Abuser??




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Abusers are usually people who control or influence the older person. They sometimes depend on the
older adult for money or for a place to live.


A caregiver that is overwhelmed with the situation of taking care of an older person with no outside
support can break down to the point of becoming an abuser.


The silence surrounding this crime can be from fear of retaliation or of being placed in an institution
against your will. Shame can prevent reporting if the abuse is from a family member.


Signs of Abuse


        Unexplained injuries
        Poor hygiene or bedsores
        Fear, depression or anxiety
        Malnutrition or dehydration
        Over sedation
        Missing property or unpaid bills
        Missing money or securities


What can you do if you are abused or suspect abuse?


If you are being abused or suspect that someone is being abused, look for the organizations in your
community that might have experience in this area. Speak to the police, a trusted friend, pastor.

				
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