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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Types of abuse to elderly individuals vary widely. The Elderly may be victimized by family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers.

The abuse may include:

Physical Abuse: pushing, shoving, slapping, hitting, strangulation, kicking, beating, threatening with or using an object or weapon.

Emotional Abuse: name calling, threats, insults, isolation, threatening in a degrading manner, yelling.

Financial: theft, destruction or misuse of property, exploitation of belongings, property, or money.

Neglect: withholding daily needs – food, personal care, or medication, withholding medical care, over or under sedation.

Sexual: unwanted touching, rape, calling someone sexual names, making remarks with sexual undertones.




Victims of Elder Abuse:

  • Typically, 75 years of age or older.
  • Usually female.
  • Lives with and is dependent on a family member or caretaking.
  • May be mentally or physically impaired.

Abusers are:

  • Usually related to the elderly person – whether a spouse, adult son or daughter, grandchild, or other relative – lives with and provides care for the elderly person 75% of the time.
  • The presence of an elderly person needing additional care can cause stress that contributes to the caregiver’s abusive behavior.
  • The caregiver may be abusive without counting in stress as a factor. Using power and control to achieve a desired outcome

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