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Elder Abuse is less likely to be reported than any other abuse. We hear cases of it and think, wow that would never happen to my loved one. The fact is that it does happen and although according to the Senate Committee on Aging, the majority of abusers are actually family members, it can also happen anywhere outside the home. Abuse does not always have to be physical either. Financial and negligence behind physical violence appear to be the most common forms of abuse as seniors can be taken advantage of in all three of these areas. Seniors may feel ashamed to admit their loved one or someone else abuses them. They may fear reprisals if they complain. Also, seniors may not even know they are being abused or taken advantage of. There are certain signs to look for and places to call/report to if you see it happening.
Some of the signs of physical elder abuse are bruises, welts, and discoloration on seniors skin. They could be malnourished and dehydrated as well. Verbal threats and even battery are other signs of physical abuse that occurs. Financial safety is something else to look into to ensure your loved one’s protection. If you feel your loved one’s mental state is slightly declining, it is a good idea to check up on them from time to time. Taking them to see a doctor is vital for checking on their physical state and getting an overall updated health screening. Determining if they possess early signs of dementia is also very important. Sometimes, seniors invite strangers or acquaintances into their home for their company, so make sure their personal belongings are safe. As senior advisors, we have heard stories of seniors being robbed and not even knowing about it. Ultimately, we want your loved ones to remain safe and comfortable no matter where they are living. At North Star Senior Advisors, we encourage you to visit your grandparents/parents today to tell them you love them and they are appreciated!
In the event you see or experience elder abuse, please call the Abuse Prevention Hotline at (850) 488- 5437 or (800) 352-5683. If you are seeking senior living options for your loved one, please call North Star Senior Advisors today at (407) 796-1582. We can help you find a safe and comfortable place that your loved one can call home.