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Dr. Leslie Tar
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Elder Abuse (Overview)

Elder abuse is a situation in which an elderly person has been mistreated emotionally, physically, financially, or otherwise harmed or endangered. Elderly persons may be dependent on others for care, be frail, or have some dementia, so they are vulnerable to being mistreated by mean or greedy people.


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Why does elder abuse happen?

Why does elder abuse happen?

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! ...Read more

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Dr. Leslie Tar
47 doctors shared insights

Elder Abuse (Overview)

Elder abuse is a situation in which an elderly person has been mistreated emotionally, physically, financially, or otherwise harmed or endangered. Elderly persons may be dependent on others for care, be frail, or have some dementia, so they are vulnerable to being mistreated by mean or greedy people.


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How come nurses have to report elder abuse?

How come nurses have to report elder abuse?

Human kindness: This should be done for humane reasons. There are laws however to protect those who may not be able to protect themselves, analogous to a teacher reporting child abuse. ...Read more

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What are the different forms that elder abuse can take?

What are the different forms that elder abuse can take?

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. ...Read more

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Do you think that elder abuse a serious growing problem? Could you tell me why?

Do you think that elder abuse a serious growing problem? Could you tell me why?

Id guess it is: More seniors, economy--more living with family, more stress in society, better reporting. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How can you prevent elder abuse?

How can you prevent elder abuse?

Contact local APS: If you have any supicious about elder abuse, please contact to local county senior service and ask for adult protective services (aps) they will tell you what to do and they will do their own job to investigate for possible elder abuse. You can report by anonymous so that it will be protected and not share info to the client and others. ...Read more

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What constitutes psychological elder abuse?

What constitutes psychological elder abuse?

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. ...Read more

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How can families work together to prevent elder abuse?

How can families work together to prevent elder abuse?

Good communication : Good communication between family members will make it more likely that any abusive practices are detected. Obviously the elders should be part of this communication. ...Read more

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What is elder abuse? Putting someone in restraints or medicating them?

What is elder abuse? Putting someone in restraints or medicating them?

Not exactly: Elder abuse is considered any behavior, act or lack thereof, that is not in the best interests of an elderly individual. It may be more subtle than physical abuse. It is often financially motivated such as not using their social security money for their benefit or not feeding them properly. ...Read more

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How common is elder abuse at assisted living facilities?

How common is elder abuse at assisted living facilities?

Elder Abuse: The exact answer is difficult to determine. First, reports of abuse are investigated by various agencies and entities. Second, a smaller proportion of the reports are found to be substantiated. Third, there are too many variables in the definition of abuse. Fourth, the various agencies do not necessarily collaborate potentially creating duplicate reports. Physical abuse is the most commonly report. ...Read more

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