Unfortunately, elder abuse is prevalent. If you are a senior or have a senior in your life, become educated on what types of abuse can occur. Here are five signs to watch for:
- Neglect: This can take various forms. Perhaps the senior is not properly clothed, given current weather conditions. Maybe their hygiene is poor, or their home is unusually messy. Speak with the primary caregiver about any recent changes. Be sure to check back frequently if they seem overwhelmed and needing help.
- Financial Exploitation: There should always be a second person checking the monthly finances of the elderly in your life. Look for large withdrawals of money. Be wary of any new friends that receive large gifts from the older person. Regularly talk about financial scams that are possible.
- Physical Abuse: Look for unexplained bruises or injuries. Watch if the older person goes silent or seems uncomfortable in front of certain people. Also, look for cuts or burns on their bodies, and if they cover up arms, neck, and torso, even when it’s hot.
- Psychological Abuse: This can include intimidation or humiliation. It can also include threats or repeated yelling and disregard for their feelings. Watch for forced isolation from family or activities that the senior loves.
- Sexual Abuse: Signs of sexual abuse are bruising on the thighs or torso, discomfort in walking or sitting down, and unexplained genital infections. You often do not see the places on the body where these types of bruises can occur. If you suspect this type of abuse, don’t hesitate to ask direct questions and discuss the situation.
It can be uncomfortable to read about the different types of elder abuse. Yet, it’s critical to shove your personal discomfort aside and arm yourself with the knowledge that can protect yourself or a loved one.
At Senior Safe and Sound, we are invested in keeping seniors safe and protected from elder abuse. Education on recognizing the signs of abuse is the first step. Once you know what to look for, you will be better able to prevent the mistreatment of yourself or your loved one. If you would like to find out more, send us an email at info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.