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.
Lives with and is dependent on a family member or caretaking.
May be mentally or physically impaired.
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