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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

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?

I'd 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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Where do I call to report elder abuse in a nursing home?

APS: All states have an agency called adult protective services. Get them involved, as well as nursing home administrator and owner. ...Read more

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Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Usually safety issue: Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations. Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment. ...Read more

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If parent wants to live with daughter who spoils her and she lets her, is that elder abuse?

If parent wants to live with daughter who spoils her and she lets her, is that elder abuse?

Confused: Sorry I'm confused. Are the parents spoiling the daughter? And who is abusing who? Please rephrase. ...Read more

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Mom is caregiver for elders in the family. Now she has a problem. What does it mean to have narcotic abuse?

Mom is caregiver for elders in the family. Now she has a problem. What does it mean to have narcotic abuse?

Using narcotics: For reasons other than for control of severe physical pain and sometimes without a prescription. ...Read more

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How can I stop abusing pain medication?

How can I stop abusing pain medication?

Abusing pain med: Please seek help from pcp, addictionologist, psychologist and possible psychiatrist. If you can do it alone then "cudos" to you. More than likely you will need help. ...Read more

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What causes over abuse from your childhood?

What causes over abuse from your childhood?

With a professional: Discussing your options through private therapy is the best proven method. Discuss with your doctor in finding a good therapist. ...Read more

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How can I support someone who abuses alochol?

How can I support someone who abuses alochol?

Take care of YOU: This may sound counterintuitive, but the best thing is to take care of your own behavior first. Some people equate "helping" with trying to control the alcoholic's behavior, or his/her access to alcohol. This can lead to over-focus on what the alcoholic is doing. Attending al-anon, the group for families and friends of alcoholics, can help you balance this. Http://www. Al-anon. Alateen. Org/. ...Read more

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Where might you go if getting verbally abused?

Where might you go if getting verbally abused?

You don't deserve it: No one needs this. If at work, file a complaint with human resources. If in a marriage, a helper or a divorce lawyer. If at home, and you are a teen, take this utterly cynical but helpful advice. Pretend you love your parents -- until you are able to emancipate (college, military, real job). & may be see a pastor, trusted friend, counselor, or simply trying to be the best kid you can be. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell someone that you were abused as a child?

Can you tell me how to tell someone that you were abused as a child?

Abuse: Its not easy to share something this personal. I would advise you to find someone you can trust. You may need to seek professional help if no one close to you would keep what you say confidential. If you are sure the listener is objective and will not tell others what you need to say it is a lot easier to share what happened to you. Sadly 40% of women have been abused so you are not alone. ...Read more

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What can be done if you suspect a neighbor is? Physically abusing someone?

What can be done if you suspect a neighbor is? Physically abusing someone?

Notify the police: Different states have different laws, but in all states, abusing a child or an elderly person should be reported to the police, I guess the same would apply to any other prsron who may be being subjected to abuse. ...Read more

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Only like sex if I'm being physically abused like choked of slapped. Is something wrong with me?

Only like sex if I'm being physically abused like choked of slapped. Is something wrong with me?

Trauma?: You might be experiencing the effects of sexual abuse or trauma. I suggest you talk with a therapist to explore non-judgmentally what might be behind your desire to be abused while having sex. ...Read more

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What is elderly abuse?

What is elderly abuse?

Elder abuse.: Elder abuse is a general term to describe mistreatment of an elderly person. This mistreatment can be physical, emotional, mental, medical or nutritional. The abuser acts purposely to the detriment of the elder. ...Read more

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What defines drug abuse?

What defines drug abuse?

Drug Abuse: In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more

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How common is drug abuse?

How common is drug abuse?

Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more

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Why do people abuse drugs?

Why do people abuse drugs?

Another reason: I agree with the first answer. Another reason is that people are using substances to cover up deep and unconscious negative emotions perceived as taboo (e.g. Anger, sadness, shame, fear, sexual feelings, etc). ...Read more

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What are signs of domestic abuse?

What are signs of domestic abuse?

Multiple: Lack of mutual respect, verbal attacks, controlling and isolating behavior, disparaging remarks (particularly in front of others), failure to engage in constructive interactions, placing inappropriate blame on the other person, and so on and so on, until it degenerates into physical abuse. ...Read more

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What can be done for child abuse?

Report it: If it happened once it will probably happen again
report it! ...Read more