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Elder Abuse Awareness: Know the Facts

susan_harr5 years ago

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. In the United States alone, over 500,000 older adults are believed to be abused or neglected each year.

June 15 is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day– take the time to educate yourself on the topics of elder abuse and prevention and help raise awareness by spreading the word about this overlooked and often underreported problem.

What is Elder Abuse?

The CDC defines elder abuse as “intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to, or may lead to harm of a vulnerable elder.”

Who is at Risk?

  • Individuals over 60 in their home, in nursing homes, or in other institutions 
  • Seniors of all socio‐economic groups, cultures, and races 
  • Women and “older” elders are more likely to be victimized
  • Elder with Dementia 
  • Elders with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Elders who are isolated  

Types of Abuse and How to Detect it

There are five types of maltreatment that occur in people over the age of 60. The information below was provided by CDC.

  1. Physical abuse- Use of force to threaten or physically injure a vulnerable elder (signs include slap marks, unexplained bruises, pressure marks, and cigarette burns/blisters)
  2. Emotional  abuse- Verbal attacks, threats, rejection, isolation, or belittling acts that cause or could cause mental anguish, pain, or distress to a senior (signs include withdrawal from normal activities and unexplained changes in alertness)
  3. Sexual abuse- Sexual contact that is forced, tricked, threatened, or otherwise coerced (signs include bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases)
  4. Exploitation- Theft, fraud, misuse or neglect of authority, and use of undue influence as a lever to gain control over an older person’s money or property (signs include sudden changes in finance and accounts, altered wills/trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, and loss of property)
  5. Neglect- A caregiver’s failure or refusal to provide for a vulnerable elder’s safety, physical, or emotional needs (signs include pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition, and dehydration) 
Contact an Experienced Elder Abuse Attorney

If you believe your loved one has experienced an injury due to elder abuse, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We have the knowledge and experience to handle your loved one’s case. We will also take immediate action to prevent any further mistreatment. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Your choice does matter. Contact Thomas J. Henry for immediate assistance.


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