Is Awareness Vital to Stopping Elder Abuse?
June may be Elder Abuse Awareness Month, but the needs of the elderly don’t stop there. Every day, of every month, the elderly in your community suffer from the negative effects of elder abuse—a subject that is vitally important but rarely discussed. Learn more about elder abuse and how you can help prevent this tragedy from happening to those you know and love.
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) defines elder abuse as “any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person” and estimates that as many as four to six percent of elderly persons are abused every year. The abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, neglectful or even sexual in nature, and the results can be devastating. Yet, all too often, people don’t talk about it. Clearly, elder abuse awareness is an issue that needs to be addressed.
What Are the Signs of Elder Abuse?
Positively identifying the signs of elder abuse can be tricky, especially if the person is a neighbor or acquaintance, but it’s not impossible. You just have to know what to look for and be willing to ask the hard questions. Common signs of elder abuse include unexplained cuts, bruises or broken bones, unusual weight loss, unsafe or unsanitary living conditions, evidence of under- or overmedication, and suspicious bills or changes in the elder’s financial situation.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Elder Abuse?
If you suspect that someone you know is or has been a victim of elderly abuse, it is important that you take action right away. First, talk to the individual to get as many details as you can about what may be going on. Then, call your local Adult Protective Services (APS) agency to let them know what you found out. Depending on the severity and immediacy of the abuse, you may also need to call 911 or your local police department.
Once you have alerted the proper authorities and the matter is being investigated, be sure to call the nationally distinguished elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere. as well. At Garcia & Artigliere, we combine our knowledge of elder abuse law with our more than 30 years of experience to provide you with the legal guidance and assistance you need. Call us toll-free at 1-800.281.8515 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free and confidential consultation today.