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What is the definition of elder abuse?
the abuse, neglect, or victimization of an older person who is under the care of another person
What are some types of elder abuse?
Physical and/or sexual
Neglect includes the denial of medical treatment or ignoring basic care issues due to ignorance or inability to provide care.
Who is usually a victim of elder abuse?
> 75 years 60-65% are female
More at risk if suffering multiple chronic problems
Increased dependence=increased vulnerability
Increased dependence accounts for much of under-reporting
Family very dependent on elder financially
What are some physical indicators of elder abuse?
Unexplained injuries—bruises, fractures
Reluctance to seek care
Elder is fearful in presence of family or caretaker
Evidence of over or under-medication
Multiple injuries in various stages of healing
“Grip-marks” bilateral on upper arms
What are some psycological clues that an elder is being abused?
Helpless or fearful
Fails to talk openly
Angry or agitated
What are some financial indicator that would determine abuse of an elderly person?
Suspicious activities related to banking, pension checks, will, and/or power of attorney
Lacking small items such as television, clothes, telephone, etc.
Caregiver expresses concern over costs of services
What are some signs of neglect of an elderly?
Dirt, fecal, or urine smell
Rashes, “sores”, lice
Untreated medical condition(s)
Dehydration or malnourishment
Inadequate clothing, basic necessities
What is self neglect?
where the elder fails to care for themselves
Failure to manage money and resources
Can’t perform activities of daily living