Watch Out For These Signs of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is any intentional harm or neglect inflicted upon older adults, and it can occur in various forms, including physical, emotional, financial, or even sexual abuse. Unfortunately, this distressing reality often goes unnoticed or unreported. To protect our vulnerable seniors, it is crucial to be vigilant and aware of the signs of elder abuse. If you suspect a loved one is a victim of elder abuse, you should first call law enforcement. Once your loved one is safe, call the elder abuse law experts ad Goldman Daszkal. We want to help your loved ones get the compensation they deserve. 

Here are some signs of elder abuse:

Physical Indicators

Physical abuse may leave visible signs such as unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns. Be attentive to frequent injuries or injuries inconsistent with the explanations provided. Watch for sudden changes in weight, poor hygiene, or unusual behavior that may indicate neglect or mistreatment.

Emotional and Behavioral Indicators

Elder abuse also manifests as emotional abuse. Look for signs of depression, anxiety, fear, or withdrawal. Notice sudden changes in behavior, such as increased agitation, irritability, or social isolation. Seniors being emotionally abused might display signs of confusion, exhibit childlike behaviors, or experience sleep disturbances.

Financial Indicators

Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse. Keep an eye out for unexplained financial transactions, missing money or possessions, sudden changes in a senior’s financial situation, or unauthorized use of their bank accounts or credit cards. Be cautious if the older adult suddenly adds new individuals to their financial accounts or becomes secretive about their finances.

Neglect and Healthcare Indicators

Neglect can be just as harmful as intentional abuse. Look for signs of poor personal hygiene, untreated medical conditions, malnutrition, or dehydration. If an older adult requires regular medical attention but seems to be consistently missing appointments, it could indicate neglect. Pay attention to unsanitary living conditions, lack of necessary medical equipment, or inadequate supervision.

Social Indicators

Elder abuse often occurs within the confines of trusted relationships. Watch for signs of isolation, limited social interactions, or restrictions on visiting or contacting the senior. Be wary if a caregiver exhibits controlling or manipulative behavior, prevents the senior from speaking for themselves, or dismisses their concerns.

Recognizing the signs of elder abuse is crucial to safeguarding our older adults and ensuring their well-being. If you observe any of the mentioned indicators, it is essential to take immediate action. Report suspicions to local adult protective services or law enforcement agencies. Then contact the compassionate, dedicated attorneys at Goldman Daszkal.