For older adults, elder abuse is a serious problem. According to the National Institute on Aging, many older adults experience abuse each year. Elder abuse can happen to anyone and can be at the hands of a family member, friend, or caregiver. Because of this, it’s important to know the signs of elder abuse and know what to do if you suspect someone you know is a victim of abuse.
What are the Warning Signs?
There are many indications of possible elder abuse. However, some of the more common ones include:
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Unusual changes in mood or behavior
- Withdrawing from activities or social interactions
- Sudden changes in financial status or activity
- A caregiver who is overly controlling or demanding
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, it’s important to reach out and offer help. You can contact a local elder abuse hotline or the police to report your concerns.
Sharing the signs of elder abuse can also help to educate others and prevent abuse from happening in the first place. Share what you’ve learned on social media or with your friends and family to help raise awareness.
The Seniors Center is here to support seniors by raising awareness of elder abuse and other forms of fraud and abuse targeting seniors.