Definition: Harm done by a relative, friend, caregiver or person that the elder person relies on to meet their basic needs.
Forms of Abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Failure to provide adequate nutrition, medical services or basic needs
- Theft or misuse of money or property
- Forceful change of will or sale of property
- Misuse of Power of Attorney
- Fraud, forgery or extortion
- Threatening, yelling, insulting, frightening or ignoring
- Treating the elder in a child like manner
- They generally know and trust their abusers
- Most are mentally competent and can make their own decisions
- Persons who dependent on others for their care are at higher risk
- Usually is someone who control or influence over the person
- Abusers are generally dependent on the elder for money or lodging
- Individuals who have a history of drug alcohol abuse, or family violence
Signs of Abuse
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Poor hygiene, Malnutrition and or Dehydration
- Anxiety, depression, and fearfulness
- Unpaid bills or missing property
Why is this abuse not being reported?
Seniors do not report for fear of retaliation or punishment, fear of being placed in a home and shame if the abuser is a family member.
What can be done?
If you are being abused, suspect that someone is might be abused, or are an abuser seek help. Contact public health, a social worker, doctor, lawyer or police for advice on how to deal with the situation.