Perhaps you’ve read news stories about elder abuse and thought to yourself: that would never happen to our family. Instead of ignoring the possibility of elder abuse in your life, set a goal to learn more about it so that you can take preventative steps.
First, understand that there are several types of elder abuse. They include neglect, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, and financial exploitation. It’s important to stay vigilant about recognizing the varying signs of abuse.
To that end, set some attainable goals in 2021 to educate yourself further into your loved one’s life and their well-being. For example:
- Ask if they have someone regularly reviewing their financial statements as a safeguard.
- Send them information on scams as soon as you hear about them.
- Visit their home or set up a regular virtual visit, where you can ask for a tour of their space. Watch for any physical signs of abuse or neglect.
- Get to know the caregivers. Offer relief if they are feeling overwhelmed.
- Watch for signs of discomfort or secrecy when asked about certain people in their lives.
The more informed you are about what elder abuse may look like and how easily it can happen to someone close to you, the better. Older people are taken advantage of every day. It’s critical to advocate for your loved one and recognize when something doesn’t feel right.
The best way to monitor elder abuse is to develop a closer relationship with the senior in your life. The more you are in communication, the more likely you will be able to recognize the signs of abuse.
We want to keep the seniors in your life safe at Senior Safe and Sound. When you are informed and looking for the signs of elder abuse, it is less likely to impact your family. For more information and assistance, contact us by phone at 858-480-7551 or email at info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org.
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.