Elder Abuse Attorneys, Multidisciplinary Teams Can Help Stop Harm to Seniors

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At least 10 percent of U.S. seniors suffer from elder abuse, both in long-term care communities and in homes with family members. Without intervention, elder abuse can result in long-term, detrimental consequences, including physical injury, mental illness and death.

A research review recently published in New England Journal of Medicine indicates that elder abuse is typically self-reported, and its prevalence is likely higher than statistics reveal. Victims often suffer from health problems such as dementia, and they may be isolated from people who could report a problem and consult with elder abuse attorneys on their behalf.

What Is the Solution for Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse involves complex issues that rarely lend themselves to one simple solution. However, based on data from the past decade, researchers believe that a combination of strategies proves the most effective.

For instance, a senior who is being physically abused may need assistance from a primary care physician. However, after the victim receives medical treatment, he or she may also require help from housing authorities to find a new, safe place to live. If someone is stealing from a senior, bank officials may need to get involved.

Resolving elder abuse cases can take months or years, the lead author of the research review noted. Many cases require assistance from elder abuse attorneys.

How Professionals Can Help
Doctors play an important role in identifying cases of elder abuse, but they may require assistance from elder abuse attorneys and other professionals. Recognizing the signs of elder abuse and taking appropriate action can present challenges that are more likely to be resolved through the efforts of an interdisciplinary team. With a typically fragmented approach — for instance, when seniors see various medical professionals who do not communicate with each other — elder abuse is much more likely to continue.

Financial abuse often accompanies other types of elder abuse, the research review noted. Victims who are experiencing scams, mishandling of funds and other financial impropriety also may not have access to healthy food or needed medications. Such problems are much more likely to be spotted by a team that includes various professionals.

If you or a loved one are the victim of elder abuse, contact the experienced, caring elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere, or call (800) 281-8515.