Did you know there is a good chance that elder abuse is taking place right under your nose? What’s more, in many cases, the abuser is inside the victim’s inner circle. A report by MetLife stated that 65% of elder abuse cases involve a family member.
So even if you are actively involved in the daily activities of an aging adult or parent, you might miss some of the signs of abuse.
Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is defined as any mistreatment that causes loss or harm to an older person. Be on the lookout for abuse in all its forms: physical, emotional, financial, mental, and more.
Family members can easily take advantage of the situation because of their proximity to the older adult. They might abuse the elderly by stealing prescription medications, taking money, or neglecting basic care. If the family has a history of hostile relationships or prior abuse, it can lead to an increased risk of elder abuse.
Signs of Abuse
There are a few signs that might indicate a problem. Watch for unusual behavior, such as a caregiver who creates circumstances for social isolation. Also, pay attention to changes in family dynamics. Is an adult child becoming more possessive or secretive, for example? Be sure to consider the overall health and mental well-being of the elderly family member as well.
If there is a concern or any indication that abuse is happening, take it seriously. Reach out for help so that the situation can be remedied. You need to offer the protection and support that is needed for your family member.
Do you want to learn more about identifying the signs of elder abuse? Take time to read through the resources that we have provided here on our website. We are always here to help. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.