Aggressive or invasive behavior or threats, inflicted on an older adult - resulting in harmful effects on the older adult. The failure of a responsible party to provide assistance to ensure that the older adult's basic physical, psychological, social and financial needs are met, resulting in harmful effects for the older adult. 10% of US elders experience elder abuse annually.
Types of Mistreatment
- Financial Exploitation
- Self Neglect
- Neglect / abuse from professional caregivers, assisted living homes or nursing care facilities.
Beacon Program Services
- Counseling / support
- Referrals to health care providers
- Referrals to community service agencies
Signs of Elder Mistreatment
If you are elderly – Are you in an environment in which you are...
- Afraid because you have been hurt or threatened by someone?
- Influenced to sign documents you don’t understand or have not read?
- Afraid to disagree with those around you?
- Isolated from your family or friends?
- Depressed and jumpy?
- Forced into doing things you don’t want to do?
Signs of Elder Neglect
A person who is being abused or neglected may:
- Be dehydrated
- Experience weight loss
- Spend great lengths of time alone
- Be afraid
- Have bruises, cuts, black eyes, welts, lacerations, rope marks, and possibly fractures
- Suddenly change their behavior
For an in-depth article explaining elder abuse, warning signs, and prevention tips see Guide to Elder Abuse
For more detailed information on elder mistreatment and neglect see the Clinical Training.