Protect our loved ones by knowing the signs and what to do if you see them.
Around 1 in 10 senior Americans experience some form of elder abuse. Some estimates show as many as 5 million seniors are abused each year. One study estimates that only 1 in 14 of these are reported to authorities. Often a senior’s desire to stay in their home eclipses their need to report abuse that might be happening. Click here to learn more.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
There are five primary categories of abuse:
Physical – Non-accidental use of force that results in pain, injury, or impairment, including the use of drugs, restraints or confinement
Emotional – Treatment of an older adult in a way that causes emotional or psychological distress, including yelling, threats, ridicule, isolation, or blame
Sexual – Contact of a sexual nature with an elderly person without their consent
Neglect – Failing to fulfill basic needs such as food, water, health, cleanliness, pharmaceutical regularity, and emotional care
Financial – Unauthorized use of a senior’s funds or property