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Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Jun Wed, 2024, See more: Health and Safety,Mental Health

Elder abuse occurs when someone an older person knows and trusts causes them harm. It is usually done by a family member and it occurs regardless of gender, race, cultural values, religion or socio-economic factors.

Some older people experiencing abuse may not seek help because of:

  • feelings of guilt and shame
  • fear of retaliation
  • fear of damaging family relationships
  • belief that aggression and violence is a normal part of family life
  • fear that seeking help will lead to living in a nursing home or institution
  • lack of physical or mental capacity because of disability
  • lack of knowledge about available sources of help.

Signs of elder abuse

Signs of elder abuse include:

  • malnutrition and dehydration
  • poor personal hygiene or dirty clothes
  • untreated medical problems
  • fearful, anxious, withdrawn or cowed behavior
  • unexplained and frequent injuries such as black eyes and broken bones
  • unexplained bruises or cuts on the genitals or anus
  • unexplained sexually transmitted infections
  • unexpected and sudden changes in financial status

If you are unsure about asking for help, remember, it is your right to feel safe. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse, mistreatment or neglect contact:

Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873

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