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What are examples of elder abuse?

 

Question:  What are examples of elder abuse other than the usual physical signs?

Dr. Amy:  No one deserves to be ill treated or abused. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. While physical abuse can sometimes be the easiest to spot, elder abuse also includes emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Sometimes seniors will report abuse, but often they are embarrassed or ashamed about the abuse and will avoid talking about it. The American Psychological Association has published a comprehensive article on elder abuse.

See: http://www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/guides/elder-abuse.aspx. This article outlines the signs to look for in each type of abuse. It also provides details of who you can call for help, including the Eldercare Locator, which is sponsored by the Administration on Aging. If you know the address of the older person who is being abused, the Eldercare Locator can refer you to the appropriate agency to report suspected abuse. Dial: 1-800-677-1116.  Whether you are a senior or a caregiver, I think you will find this article helpful. If you suspect that someone is being abused, or if you feel you are a potential abuser, I encourage you to call for help without delay.

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  1. September 8, 2014 at 1:43 am | Posted by CB

    I am caring for a client who started out with Dementia and worsening into later stage. Working here at work I have noticed same meal is given everyday. Medications are given based on the "daugther's knowledge" and not actual words from the doctor. She's had long term bedsore that are not being reported to the doctor whatsoever. Sugguested ways to hydrate the client but I am told "I have the power of attorney. It is my mother I will care for her the way I feel and want." I couldn't handle this any longer. I noticed a huge depression because of isolating the client to everything. Anything that is done for the client, is not the right way because it is not told by the daughter. I don't know how about handling this. THank You!

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  2. November 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Posted by GINA

    YES!!!!!!! They are trying to get their hands on her money - they don't care about her!!!!!! Hello - you were caring for her and her feelings!!!!! Do you really think they are going to care where she is for Christmas or any other holiday??? NO NO! Do something about this - get medical rights on her through the courts! They are going to let her shrivel up and die and then split HER money and burry her. sorry for being so blunt! But come on - you should be the one getting the rest of the will - it seems like you were putting her first then whatever was left would go to you - they are just waiting!!!!!!!!! THEY SHOULD BE WALKING AROUND WITH THERE HEADS DOWN IN SHAME!!!!

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  3. November 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Posted by Kitty Clark

    My story: My Mother is 78 years old. My husband remodeled a home she owned 17 years ago and she has lived next door to us. During this time named me as a Trustee to her trusts and we continued caring for her through heart complications and surgeries. During this time my two younger brothers have had limited contact with her (she ate meals with us, vacationed with us, spent all holidays with us). Abruptly my brothers convinced her that I could not be trusted. I was asked to resign as her trustee, her bank accounts were switched and through false allegations, we became estranged. Her properties were put jointly into my siblings names, to my knowledge she has been transported to 4 different attorney's in the last year. Suddenly, without notice to ANYONE she vacated her home of 15 years (next to me) and moved into a house next door to my brother that she paid cash for. In the brief conversations I have managed to have with her, she is coherent but distant, angry and very secretative. Is this elder abuse?

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