What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is a common and growing problem—in fact, each year thousands of elder people are subjected to elder abuse and may not even realize it. This comes as a result of age, frailty, or a combination thereof, creating an inability to care for one's self and instead relying on the care of others. As a result, elders are often subjected to abuse by a trusted caregiver. Abuse can present itself in a variety of ways—anything from abandonment and neglect to emotional abuse and exploitation. To determine whether you or someone you know is possibly a victim of elder abuse, look for these key signs: failure to provide food, clothing, medical care, and personal sanitary conditions. However, elder abuse is not just confined to physical neglect—it also encompasses many other forms of abuse. Financial abuse is a common mechanism used to exploit elders. This is characterized by an illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds for the benefit of another.

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