22 May 2015

Keep this Tip Sheet handy: Learn to recognize the signs of Elder Abuse

Recognizing abuse, which occurs across all socio-economic levels, is vital to protecting the ever-increasing number of seniors.

  • Watch for a sudden appearance of physical injuries such as bruises and sprains
  • Stay alert to a change in finances
  • Identify changes in behaviour or appearance
  • Watch for 'new' suspicious relationships
  • Any of the above could be signs of abuse. In an emergency situation, it's crucial to immediately call the police.

According to the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), elder abuse includes:

  • Physical abuse such as slapping, pushing, beating or forced confinement
  • Financial abuse such as stealing, fraud, extortion or misusing a power of attorney
  • Sexual abuse as sexual assault or any unwanted form of sexual activity
  • Neglect as failing to give an older person in your care food, medical attention, or other necessary care or abandoning an older person in your care
  • Emotional abuse such as treating an older person like a child or humiliating, insulting, frightening, threatening or ignoring an older person

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse
SOURCE HomEquity Bank

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