Our seniors mean so much to us. They have passed down their recipes, their wisdom, and their stories from the past. Seniors of our generation are intelligent, proud, and very independent. Many decide their independence is the last aspect of their life they are willing to part with. However, many seniors will fall victim to elder abuse at some point in their lifetimes. Abuse can come in many forms: Emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse are just a few examples of the different types seniors face.
For instance, in 2010 the Center For Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study that showed 90 percent of nursing homes and nursing facilities did not have adequate staff to provide the necessary levels of care to it’s residents/patients. Many seniors who live in nursing facilities are faced with neglect, emotional and even physical abuse. Ninety-five percent of two thousand nursing home residents surveyed have claimed that they have been a victim of neglect or have seen someone else neglected. Unfortunately, most seniors affected by abuse or neglect never come forward to complain or report their specific cases.
Abuse to our seniors is not just restricted to nursing home facilities and long term care environments. Studies suggest, many family members inside private homes are just as guilty. This abuse can also come in the form of financial exploitation as well, committed by these same relatives or family members. Forty one percent of a thousand seniors surveyed have reported some type of financial abuse from family members who act as caregivers. Seniors who have dementia are at even more risk of abuse than other seniors because they can be taken advantage of so easily. It is so very important for our seniors and other family members to be knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of senior abuse so that this can be avoided at all costs.
One in six victims of senior abuse is ever reported!
Signs Your Senior is Being Abuse or Neglected:
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
- Fall injuries
- Infection (urinary tract infections, skin infections)
- Deterioration of Health
- Soiled bed linen or clothing
- Sudden withdrawal from social activities
- Change in mental status
If you notice any of these changes in your seniors please be sure to report it to Adult Protective Services (APS) immediately!
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