June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. One of the best things communities can do to commemorate this day is to share information about the signs of elder abuse. Too often, elder abuse goes unreported. And the rates of abuse are skyrocketing. The more citizens know and understand about this scourge, the more likely they will be to take action when they detect a problem.
All Elders are at Risk
Elder abuse can affect all individuals, regardless of gender, education, culture, income, race, or sexual orientation. Every person needs to be aware of the potential signs and file a report if they suspect abuse is taking place. Elder abuse can be reported by anyone who has contact with the victim: family members, caregivers, neighbors, and friends.
Elder abuse takes many forms: emotional, financial, physical, or sexual abuse. It can also include neglect. Early signs of abuse often present themselves. It is typically best to take action before the situation escalates.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Everyone can help shine a light on elder abuse by becoming familiar with these common symptoms:
- Nervousness to speak openly
- Neglected physical needs
- Discrepancies in behavior
- Mood swings
- Financial loss or unusual bank account activity
- Items missing from the house
- Missing medication
- Unexplained weight loss
- Rapid decline in health
- Unexplained injuries
Everyone can be part of the solution. Share this article and other resources with people you know, and help spread the word.
If you have a concern about an older adult, don’t hesitate to seek help. Call a hotline in your area or talk to an expert who can point you to the right resources to file a report. You are welcome to contact us any time if you have questions about the elder abuse resources that are available. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.