According to a MetLife study, the elderly lost about $2.6 billion to financial fraud in 2009. Financial abuse is the misuse or withholding of an older person's resources to the disadvantage of the elderly person and/or the profit or advantage of another person. The financial abuse may be accomplished by force, misrepresentation, or other illegal means.
Sexual abuse involves a non-consenual sexual contact which can involve touching, fondling, or any other sexual activity with an older person when the older person is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced.
sexually transmitted diseases; and/or
pain, itching, bleeding or bruising in the genital area.
Psychological abuse is the infliction of mental anguish by threat, intimidation, humiliation, or other such conduct" (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1988).
overly anxious or withdrawn;
extreme changes in mood;
suicidal behavior; and/or
confusion or disorientation.
Physical abuse involves causing physical pain or injury to an older person.
fractures and dislocations;
lacerations and abrasions;
injuries to the head, scalp, face; and/or
Failure to provide for an elderly's basic needs. Neglect can be active, passive or self neglect. Active Neglect involves the willful failure to provide care. Passive Neglect is the inadequate knowledge or infirmity of caretaker, resulting in non-willful failure to provide care. Self-neglect is the failure of the elderly to care for themself.
poor personal hygiene;
signs of overmedication, undermedication, and/or misuse of medication;
incontinent elderly dressed in soiled clothing;
elder left alone and deprived of stimulation and affection; and/or
Who are the victims?
According to the Illinois Department of Aging, the victims are:
most often a white female with an average age of 79;
may suffer from some form of dementia or physical impairment, often suffering from multiple handicaps which make him/her dependent on others for care;
tends to be isolated;
may suffer from more than one type of abuse;
may be reluctant to admit his/her loved one is an abuser; and
may be fearful of reporting abuse, thinking it could lead to further harm, nursing home placement or total abandonment.
What to do if you suspect Elder Abuse?
If you suspect elder abuse, contact your local police department to notify them of suspected of abuse. The local police department may refer you to the Department of Aging in your area. Most reporters of elder abuse remain anonymous. In Illinois, if you suspect Elder Abuse you can call the 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-866-800-1409, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).
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