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Elder Abuse Awareness

Seniors make up the most vulnerable population and should be protected at all costs. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 adults aged 60 and older, have experienced some form of elder abuse. Only a small portion of cases are reported to authorities, however.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse comes in many forms. The most common types of elder abuse include financial, physical, emotional, abandonment and neglect. Elder abuse can occur in the home by a spouse, children, other family member or caregiver. It can also occur in institutional settings by staff members.

What are the signs?

Signs of physical abuse include bruises, black eyes, broken bones, cuts, and injuries in various stages of healing. Signs of financial abuse include unpaid bills or unusual or unexplained changes in financial patterns. Emotional signs include withdraw from normal activities, unusual depression, and tension or arguments with caregivers. Sings of abandonment or neglect include bedsores, poor hygiene, usual weight loss or unattended medical needs.

How to Report Abuse?

If you suspect that a loved one may be a victim of elder abuse, it is important to report it. Concerns can be reported to the police, local Adult Protective Services in your area, or mandated reporters such as doctors or healthcare providers.


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