What is elder abuse and neglect?

Elder Abuse and Neglect
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What are the signs of elder abuse?

Signs of elder abuse depend on the type of abuse. For example, signs that an older person is the victim of violence may include bruises and broken bones. Signs of neglect may include malnutrition, untreated health problems, or poor personal hygiene.

What are the risk factors for elder abuse?

Social isolation is a risk factor for elder abuse. So is domestic violence carried over into the elder years. Having a caregiver who has a mental health condition or depends on the older person for financial support can also increase risk.

How do you report elder abuse?

To report elder abuse or to get help, call Adult Protection Services (APS) in your state. If you can't find the telephone number for APS, call Eldercare Locator toll-free at 1-800-677-1116. They can help you find resources in your area.

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is the mistreatment of an older person. The abuse can be done by a caregiver, a family member, a spouse, or a friend. It can be physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse. It can also be financial abuse or neglect.

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