Elder abuse is considered a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship, where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Elder abuse can take various forms such as
- Financial abuse
Unfortunately, one in ten Americans aged 60 and older experiences abuse — and for every case of elder abuse that comes to the attention of authorities, it is estimated that 23 cases are never brought to light.
Older persons may also face age discrimination in decisions on medical care, triage, and life-saving therapies. The pandemic may also lead to a scaling back of critical services unrelated to COVID-19, further increasing risks to the lives of older persons.
Elder Abuse is Preventable
How can you help in the community?
- Watch for Signs of Elder Abuse
- Learn how to report and help to prevent it
How Can a Person help themselves?
- Stay in contact with family and friends
- Learn about your rights
- Use professional services for support
- Make sure you have your financial and legal affairs in order
How can Caregivers Help?
- Get breaks and watch for burnout
- Make sure you have a support system
- Ask for help when you need it
New Haven is here to help. Make sure that self-care and emotional support for family caregivers is part of your plan to prevent Elder Abuse. Look for support groups, respite care, and other proactive ways to reduce the emotional toll of caregiving. With skilled and loving care, a senior can still enjoy happy, fulfilled, and healthy years.
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