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Increasing Prevalence of Elder Abuse Cases

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

On the Watch Elder abuse is a growing concern in our society. Seniors are taken advantage of by strangers and even by their own family members on a regular basis. Whether it be emotional or physical abuse, it is a serious issue facing many families throughout North America.

There are a few warning signs you can look for to make sure your senior loved one is safe and happy:

  • State of personal neglect (un-showered, tattered clothing, broken glasses, dehydration, weight loss)
  • Physical injury (unexplained bruises, markings, black eyes, welts, cuts)
  • Behavioral changes (withdrawal from conversations, unresponsiveness, emotional distress in the form of rocking, biting, sucking fingers)
  • Odd changes in banking activity (sudden and unexplained money withdrawals, alterations to legal matters such as change of Power of Attorney or personal Will)

Should you identify any of the signs listed above, deal with the matter right away. Contact local authorities, seek help where needed and tend to the threatened safety of your elderly loved one.

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