5 Signs of Elder Abuse

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abuse-dictionary-definition-highlightedAs people age and become more dependent on those around them many, unfortunately, may suffer from abuse. Nextavenue.org reports that elder abuse is on the rise but that only 1 out of every 14 cases is reported to authorities. Many people may ask, what is elder abuse? The abuse of an elderly individual can fall under many categories including physical, emotional, and financial. The following are five signs of elder abuse.

Bruises and Other Physical Injuries

Bruises, cuts, and even broken bones are some of the more obvious signs of elder abuse or neglect. Burns and pressure marks are other indications that physical abuse may be occurring. Caring.com states that odd explanations for physical injuries may also be an indication of mistreatment.

Sudden Weight Loss

If health conditions have been ruled out, sudden weight loss could be a sign that a person is being abused. Weight loss could mean an elderly person is too upset or worried to eat. It could even be an indication that food is being withheld as punishment.

Withdrawal from Regular Activities

An individual who no longer participates in a social activity he or she previously enjoyed may be in an abusive situation. The abuser may even be another resident in a nursing facility that the individual is trying to avoid. In some situations the caregivers may not be assisting the elderly person to their favorite activities.

Strained Relationships

If a loved one is currently residing in a nursing facility or other type of senior residential home, positive relationships with caregivers are extremely important. Frequent arguments between caregivers and an individual or relationships that were at one time positive but now seem tense are signs that abuse or neglect may be taking place.

Sudden Changes in a Financial Situation

Mistreatment of older individuals may involve financial manipulation or even theft. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse the inclusion of additional names on a bank card, an unexplained disappearance of funds, or sudden changes in a will could all be signs of financial exploitation or abuse.

These are a few of the signs that an individual may be suffering from mistreatment under adult care. Sometimes it may be necessary to consult elder abuse attorneys to protect an individual in an abusive situation. If your loved one has been a victim of abuse, contact the attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere at 1-800-281-8515 for more information.