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Resources on Elder Abuse

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Resources on Elder Abuse American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/pi/aging/eldabuse.html) Cues That Cannot Be Explained Medically May Signal Elder Abuse: Many of the symptoms listed below can occur as a result of disease conditions or medications. The appearance of these symptoms should prompt further investigation to determine and remedy the cause. Physical Abuse: Bruises or grip marks around the arms or neck Rope marks or welts on the wrists and/or ankles Repeated unexplained injuries Dismissive attitude or statements about injuries Refusal to go to same emergency department for repeated injuries Emotional/Psychological Abuse Uncommunicative and unresponsive Unreasonably fearful or suspicious Lack of interest in social contacts Chronic physical or psychiatric health problems Evasiveness Sexual Abuse Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding Torn or bloody underwear Bruised breasts Venereal diseases or vaginal infections Financial Abuse or Exploitation Life circumstances don’t match with the size of the estate Large withdrawals from bank accounts, switching accounts, unusual ATM activity Signatures on checks don’t match elder’s signature Neglect Sunken eyes or loss of weight Extreme thirst Bed sores How Can We Prevent Elder Abuse? The first and most important step toward preventing elder abuse is to recognize that no one-of whatever age-should be subjected to violent, abusive, humiliating, or neglectful behavior. In addition to promoting this social attitude, positive steps include: Educating people about elder abuse Increasing the availability of respite care Promoting increased social contact and support for families with dependent older adults Encouraging counseling and treatment to cope with personal and family problems that contribute to abuse. Violence, abuse, and neglect toward elders are signs that the people involved need help-immediately. What You Can Do About Elder Abuse If you suspect that an older person is being abused or neglected... Don’t let your fear of meddling in someone else’s business stop you from reporting your suspicions. You could be saving someone’s life. The reporting agencies in each state are different, but every state has a service designated to receive and investigate allegations of elder abuse and neglect. Even if these agencies determine that there is only potential for abuse, they will make referrals for counseling.
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