Elder Abuse

Abuse of the elderly is a crime. It is a hidden problem that is often not reported or talked about.

Identifying Elder Abuse

All seniors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The abuse of older adults, also referred to as senior or elder abuse is defined as — “Any action or inaction by any person which causes harm or threatens to cause harm to an older adult”. Elder Abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect. A family member, a friend, a caregiver, a stuff member at a care facility or anyone upon whom the older person relies on for their basic  needs or services may cause the abuse.

Types of Elder Abuse

Physical Abuse — Pushing, slapping, kicking, over-medicating or the threat of physical force.

Psychological/Emotional Abuse — Name calling, bullying, social isolation or threatening the older adult “like a child”

Financial Abuse — Withholding or stealing money, improper use of the older adults money, selling of possessions.

Sexual Abuse — Unwanted forms of sexual contact, inappropriate comments.

Neglect — Denial of necessary care including nutrition, shelter, clothing or medical needs.

Who are victims of Elder Abuse?

Any older adult can be a victim. Elders who live alone or with a family member or with a caregiver, either in their own home, shared accommodation, long term care facility or other institution have the potential to be victims of elder abuse.

Care Worker Mistreating Senior Woman At Home

Who are victims of Elder Abuse?

Any older adult can be a victim. Elders who live alone or with a family member or with a caregiver, either in their own home, shared accommodation, long term care facility or other institution have the potential to be victims of elder abuse.

Who are the Abusers?

Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim, such as a family member, friend or caregiver. Abusers can also include neighbours, paid care providers, landlords, staff or any individual in a position of power, trust or authority.

Ageism

Abuse happens when older adults are not valued as truly worthy human beings. This form of discrimination is called ageism. We must never allow this to happen in our family, in our community and in our society.

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