Did you know that every year, hundreds of thousands of elderly individuals are abused? In fact, studies show that as many as one in ten seniors will experience some form of abuse, whether it is physical, emotional, or financial.
Why are the elderly so vulnerable to abuse?
There are a number of reasons. For one, many seniors are isolated, either living alone or in long-term care facilities. This isolation can make it difficult for them to reach out for help if they are being abused. Additionally, many elders have declining physical and mental health, which can make them more reliant on their caregivers. Unfortunately, this dependency can also make them more vulnerable to abuse.
Sadly, elder abuse is often perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to be caring for them. In fact, studies show that approximately 60% of elder abuse cases are committed by family members, while another 20% are carried out by paid caregivers.
So what are some of the most common signs that elder abuse is taking place?
Some common physical signs of elder abuse include bruises, cuts, broken bones, and bed sores. If you notice any of these injuries on an elderly loved one, it is important to investigate the cause. Other physical signs of elder abuse can include sudden weight loss, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, and fearfulness.
What are some emotional signs of elder abuse?
Emotional abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse. Some common emotional signs of elder abuse include anxiety, depression, isolation, and withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyed. If you notice a change in your elderly loved one’s emotional state, it is important to ask what is causing this change.
What are some financial signs of elder abuse?
Financial abuse is a common form of elder abuse. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to spot. Some common financial signs of elder abuse include unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, sudden changes in a will or power of attorney, and unexpected changes in life insurance policies. If you are concerned that your elderly loved one is being financially exploited, it is important to speak with them about their finances.
What are some signs of neglect?
Neglect is another type of elder abuse. It can be difficult to spot because it often happens gradually. Some common signs of neglect include unsanitary living conditions, poor personal hygiene, and inadequate food or water. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to investigate the cause.
What if I suspect my elderly loved one is being abused?
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being abused, it is important to speak up. You may be able to help them stop the abuse and get the help they need. You can contact your local adult protective services agency or the police to make a report. You can also contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. They may be able to help you get your elderly loved one the compensation they deserve.