As a person ages, he may be less able to defend himself in physically or mentally aggressive situations. He may not see or hear well or may not think as clearly as he used to, making him a target for dishonest people. Elder abuse often takes place where the senior lives. In addition to strangers, abusers can be adult children or other family members, such as grandchildren, or the senior's spouse/partner.
There are several forms of elder abuse: Physical abuse is the intentional use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes not only physical assaults, such as hitting or shoving, but also the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement. Signs of physical abuse include:
Neglect is the failure to fulfill a caregiving obligation. Signs of neglect include:
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