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Elder Abuse - Recognizing the Warning Signs


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Elder Abuse - Stopping It Begins with Awareness


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Elder Abuse – Recognizing the Warning Signs

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We began our Elder Abuse Awareness Series with Elder Abuse – Stopping It Begins With Awareness and defined the different types of abuse.  This post will provide information on recognizing the warning signs.

Recognizing Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

According to the California Department of Justice, elder abuse victims often suffer in silence, unwilling to seek assistance because they believe their cries for help will go unanswered and they fear retaliation from their abusers.  Many remain silent to protect abusive family members from legal consequences of their crimes, or are too embarrassed to admit that they have fallen victim to predators.  Others fear that no one will believe them, chalking up their allegations to the effects of old age.

This means that it may take the courage of a caring family member, friend, or caregiver to take action when the victim may be reluctant.

Below, we have compiled a list of the most common warning signs.  The existence of any one or more of the following does not necessarily mean that abuse has occurred, but in order to combat this issue, we must learn to recognize the telltale indicators that a situation may need to be investigated.

Warning Signs:

  • Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse
  • Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect
  • Behavior such as belittling, threats and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse
  • Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs 
  • Withdrawn or hesitant to talk freely
  • Injuries that are incompatible with explanations
  • Scratches, blisters, lacerations, or pinch marks
  • Patches of hair missing or bleeding scalp
  • Malnourished or dehydrated

 

If you suspect abuse, please report it.  Don’t look the other way and let another victim suffer in silent desperation.

For more information on warning signs of elder abuse please visit the following resources:

National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) http://www.ncea.aoa.gov


Elder Abuse – Stopping It Begins with Awareness

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What is Elder Abuse?

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012, we will begin our awareness series with defining the different types of elder abuse.  

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.  The different types of abuse are as follows:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Exploitation
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment

 

Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment and may include:

  • Acts of violence such as striking with or without an object,  hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning.
  • Inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints,
  • Force feeding
  • Prolonged deprivation of food or water
  • Physical punishment of any kind

 

Emotional or Psychological abuse is defined as the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts and may include:

  • Verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment
  • Subjecting an individual to fear, isolation, or serious emotional distress
  • Treating an older person like an infant
  • Isolating an elderly person from his/her family, friends, or regular activities
  • Giving an older person the “silent treatment;” and enforced social isolation

 

Sexual abuse is defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person and includes: 

  • Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent
  • Unwanted touching
  • All types of sexual assault or battery, such as rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photographing. 


Financial or Material Exploitation is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets. Examples include:

  • Cashing an elderly person’s checks without authorization or permission
  • Forging an older person’s signature
  • Misusing or stealing an older person’s money or possessions
  • Coercing or deceiving an older person into signing any document (e.g., contracts or will)
  • Improper use of conservatorship, guardianship, or power of attorney.


Neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fiduciary responsibilities to provide care for an elder (e.g., pay for necessary home care services) or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care.) Examples of neglect include:

  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene
  • Failure to provide clothing and shelter
  • Failure to provide medical care
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
  • Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration


Abandonment is defined as the desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for an elder, or by a person with physical custody of an elder.

For more information on elder abuse you can visit the following resources:

National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) http://www.ncea.aoa.gov

California Department of Justice – A Citizen’s Guide To Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is Friday, June 15th!

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Mark your calendars and prepare to take a stand with us!  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on Friday, June 15th, 2012…

As the rate of elder abuse continues to rise, it remains one of the most under recognized and under reported crimes.  Unlike with the occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse, there has been no nationally recognized or organized effort to understand elder abuse or to collect elderly abuse statistics.  This issue is growing at an alarming rate and must be addressed.  

Millions of older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, with 84% of incidents going unreported.   Based on state and federal statistics, nearly 200,000 Californians are victims of elder abuse every year.  Los Angeles County alone represents over 25% of all cases in California. 

The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is to promote activities to increase public awareness of this issue and highlight the need for appropriate action.   In observance of WEAAD, we are starting a blog series that will be dedicated to increasing awareness for this issue.  We invite you to take action with us to engage public attention, enlist public support, and generate activity and involvement!