Being Aware of Elder Abuse
Unfortunately, abuse towards the elderly is becoming
increasingly frequent, especially since the elderly population is rising in
numbers. Elder abuse can take many
forms and recognition of the various kinds of elder abuse can help to stop or
prevent the abuse. Elder abuse can
take the form of physical or sexual abuse, which can be recognized by both
physical signs, like bruises, and personality changes, like depression and
withdrawal from activity. Elder
abuse can also be emotional in nature, where the elderly person is verbally
demeaned in some way. Unfortunately,
elder abuse has other manifestations, such as neglect.
Neglect happens most often among elderly persons who have Alzheimer’s
or a similar condition that prevents the patient from speaking about a problem.
Elder abuse does not necessarily always happen at the hands of elderly
care facility staff, although many incidences of abuse by staff members have
been documented. Elder abuse may,
in fact, be self-inflicted, especially when the elderly person is suffering from
a mentally degenerative condition. When
an elderly person is being abused, warning signs include a withdrawal from
social activities, depression, weight loss, and a severe personality change.
Recognizing and reporting elder abuse is the best way to prevent further
abuse and to protect other elderly people from being abused.
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