What Are The
Signs And Symptoms of Elder Abuse?
note that there are some signs of abuse, neglect
or exploitation which might alert family members,
concerned friends or professionals to the
possibility of problems. No one should jump to
conclusions, but signs and symptoms should be
taken seriously. What sometimes seems to be
self-neglect often turns out to be elder abuse.
the signs to watch for:
Discrepancies between a person's standard of
living and his/her financial assets, or a
depletion of assets without adequate explanation.
Money or personal items such as eyeglasses,
jewelry, hearing aids, or dentures are missing
Malnourishment and inadequate physical care,
including dehydration or lack of food, poor
hygiene, urine sores, or bed sores, or
Physical injuries, such as bruises, burn marks,
welts, rope burns, tufts of hair missing, broken
bones, none of which can be adequately explained.
Withdrawn, apathetic, fearful, or anxious
behavior, particularly around certain persons.
The victim may suddenly and without explanation
express a desire not to visit or receive visits
from family or friends.
Medical needs not attended to.
Sudden, unexplained changes in the victim's
living arrangements, such as a younger person
moving in to "care for" them shortly
It is frequently very
difficult to detect abuse. Typically, abusive
behavior occurs in private and the victim may be
unwilling or unable to describe the attacks. When
reports are made, they are frequently not