Learn the signs of abuse and neglect in seniors

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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)
  • Dehydration
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Deterioration of Health
  • Bedsores
  • 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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Senior Dementia: Signs and Symptoms

Does your senior have dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome that deteriorates memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday tasks. It is commonly referred to as senility and affects over 35.6 million people worldwide.  There are 7.7 million new cases every year.  Alzheimer’s disease is attributed to 60-70% of all dementia cases.  Most senior disability and dependency problems are correlated to a dementia diagnosis. Dementia is caused by a variety of diseases and injuries that primarily affect the brain.  Strokes, lack of oxygen, and head injuries are all possible ways to develop or exacerbate this disease.

Dementia affects everyone in different ways and it’s not uncommon for many seniors to go months or even years without being properly diagnosed. Sometimes the symptoms are so mild that families and physicians don’t even know their loved ones or patients even have it.  As with any other debilitating disease, early detection can be your best solution. Although there is no cure for dementia, there are treatment options that can help slow the progression. Early detection is a seniors best defense in continuing to live a healthy, happy and independent lifestyle.  Social and economic impacts of dementia have been on the rise with the increased cases documented each year.

 

For all these Reasons Early Signs of Symptoms Are Critical!!!!!

 

Symptoms Consists Of:

• Memory loss that disrupts daily life
• Challenges in planning or solving problems
• Difficulty completing familiar tasks
• Confusion with time and place
• Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
• New problems remembering words while speaking or writing
• Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace ones steps
• Decreased or poor judgment
• Withdrawal from work or social activities
• Changes in mood or personality

If your senior is exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, contact their doctor immediately. Early Detection of Dementia is Imperative.

Always Best Care is affiliated with dementia support groups that can help caregivers and victims of dementia learn and understand the best ways to cope with this disease. We are dedicated to educating  families and victims of this widespread syndrome in order to help maintain a happy, healthy, and independent lifestyle for our seniors.

If you would like additional information on dementia, or would like to find a local support group, click the link below for our contact information.

 

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