Every year on June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day alerts others of the prevalence and horrors of elder abuse. It’s also a day to educate the public on knowing the signs of elder abuse and how to stop it.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six people 60 years and older experience abuse each year. Although, seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are at greater risk, elder abuse can be anywhere. Overall, this type of abuse is widespread around the world. However, elder abuse cases are the least investigated types of violence. This means that many perpetrators get away with abusing the elderly.

Types of Abuse

  • Physical – the use of physical force that results in bodily injury
  • Sexual – nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Emotional – infliction of pain or anguish through verbal or non-verbal attacks
  • Financial Exploitation – illegal or improper use of funds or assets
  • Neglect – failure to fulfill the obligations of caring for someone

Abandonment is also a type of elderly abuse. This occurs when a person who is responsible for the care of an elderly person deserts them. In most cases, elder abuse results in psychological damage for the victim. However, it can also lead to physical injuries and long-term health issues.

The signs of elder abuse include mysterious cuts or bruises, malnourishment, poor hygiene, loss of money, and withdrawal from family members or friends. Certainly, seniors who are being abused might also have psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or confusion.

If you suspect a loved one is the victim of elder abuse, it’s important to tell someone you trust. This could be your doctor, a friend, or a family member. Also, report the situation to the proper authorities, such as the nursing home staff. If the elder is in immediate danger, call the police or 911.

Thank you to the National Day Calendar for reminding us to watch out for our loved ones!

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