Abuse is abhorrent no matter who it happens to however it seems to strike a real nerve when it involves the most vulnerable members of our society which would arguably be children and senior citizens. As reported on by the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 sixty-plus-year-olds have experienced elder abuse however it is cautioned that this type of abuse is highly underreported. Some signs are easy to see while others may go under the radar. Some warning signs of elder abuse are:
- Physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment: Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, burns.
- Emotional abuse: Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, or unusual depression; strained or tense relationships; frequent arguments between the caregiver and older adult.
- Financial abuse: Sudden changes in financial situations.
- Neglect: Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, unusual weight loss.
- Verbal or emotional abuse: Belittling, threats, or other uses of power and control by individuals.
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