Download a Free Elder Abuse Awareness Guide
Elder abuse can happen to anyone — from the most vital senior citizen
to an older adult who is infirm or relegated to a wheelchair. One of the
most common varieties of elder abuse is domestic elder abuse, in which
an older person is mistreated by a person with whom they share a significant
relationship — such as their adult child, a family friend, caregiver,
or even a spouse or sibling.
National Center on Elder Abuse, estimates that 90% of all elder abuse cases involve family members and
that only one out of every 14 cases of elder abuse is brought to the attention
of the proper authorities. Many older adults are either unable to report
that they are being abused, or refuse to report abuse for fear of getting
a loved one in trouble.
How to Detect Elder Abuse: 5 Warning Signs
There are many warning signs which can indicate physical, emotional —
and even financial — neglect and abuse. Pay close attention to your
loved one’s behavior if you suspect that they may be a victim of
elder abuse. Here are five warning signs of elder abuse that may indicate
that they are potentially being abused.