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A 46-year-old member asked:

do you think that elder abuse a serious growing problem? could you tell me why?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Id guess it is: More seniors, economy--more living with family, more stress in society, better reporting.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

What are the different forms that elder abuse can take?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. NAMIRAH JAMSHED
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Many: Elder abuse can range from financial, to physical, emotional and verbal. Older patients with dementia are at highest risk. Financial abuse of the elderly is very common and unnoticed, and under-reported. Many older people are dependent on others and typically under report abuse. Neglect is another form of elderly abuse that is often not noticed. In any such cases involve adult protective services.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What constitutes psychological elder abuse?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mariana Dangiolo
Geriatrics 29 years experience
Elder Abuse: Elder abuse is “any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person.” people of trust, such as adult children, grandchildren and other known caregivers can take advantage of the declining mental and physical capacity of an elder. Emotional abuse is inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on a senior person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. Humiliating, intimidating.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Why does elder abuse happen?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Flacker
Geriatrics 31 years experience
It is hard to know: It is hard to know in every situation why this occurs. Sometimes there is a long pattern of domestic violence in the relationship, caregiver personal problems also increase the risk as does social isolation. The more in recent term is "elder mistreatment" which includes physical abuse, and also neglect as well as financial, emotional, and sexual abuse. If you suspect this is occuring report it!
A 32-year-old member asked:

What if I suspect and report elder abuse in a home and they prove it is not? What happens to us then? More abuse or move out?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
IF: If you suspect elder abuse you have both a moral, as well as a potentially legal, responsibility to have it investigated and dealt with where appropriate. If there was in fact abuse, would you want you or your family members in such a place? Stop worrying about theoretical consequences and do the right thing.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is this elder abuse when we have to shout because the elder wont buy a hearing aid?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not if shouting is: Only way to have an elder hear what you are saying.

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Last updated Oct 11, 2016

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