Spotting the Signs of Elder Abuse
Abuse can happen to any older person. Learn about the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.
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Abuse can happen to any older person, by a loved one, a hired caregiver, or a stranger. Abuse can happen at home, at a relative's home, or in an eldercare facility.
There are many types of abuse:
Watch for these signs of abuse:
- Seems depressed, confused, or withdrawn
- Isolated from friends and family
- Has unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
- Appears dirty, underfed, dehydrated, over-or undermedicated, or not receiving needed care for medical problems
- Has bed sores or other preventable conditions
- Recent changes in banking or spending patterns
Talk with the older adult and then contact the local Adult Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, or the police.
Learn more about elder abuse and how to get help.