UncategorizedDo you know anyone that is a victim of Elder Abuse?

August 3, 2020by RaxterLaw

Signs of Physical Elder Abuse

Several of the signs of abuse can mimic signs and symptoms of depression and or advanced symptoms of Alzheimer’s. When assessing your loved one, be sure to take all of his/her symptoms and any diagnoses into consideration before jumping to any conclusions about neglect or abuse. No one wants to assume abuse, but at the same time no one should ignore warning signs either.

Signs of neglect or abuse in the elderly include;

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Signs of trauma (like agitation, or rocking back and forth)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Violent behavior (particularly if sudden onset)
  • Unexplained bruising or injuries
  • Becomes withdrawn and/or suddenly stops participating in activities
  • Appearance is disheveled
  • Dirty environment-unwashed clothes or bedsheets (when caregiver has been assigned these duties)
  • Flinching when people come near
  • Bedsores, skin breakdown, or other types of preventable conditions

Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

Several of the signs of abuse can include:

  • Sudden changes in payment of bills
  • Unexplained secrecy with bank accounts
  • Sudden lack of access to financial accounts
  • A “new” best friend
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