What Are Some Warning Signs of Elder Abuse?

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Did You Know?

Annually, June 15 has been proclaimed WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY!

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Three Basic Categories of Elder Abuse

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), there are three broadly defined basic categories that encompass most elder abuse cases. Although definitions may vary depending on location, they generally are described as:

1. Domestic Elder Abuse

Mistreatment of an older person by a caregiver, friend or family member such as a spouse, sibling, child, or grandchild occurring in the elder’s home or in the home of the caregiver.

2. Institutional Elder Abuse

Mistreatment of an older person by paid professional staff and caregivers in a residential facility.

3. Self Neglect

Mistreatment of an older person that is self inflicted either by refusal or inability to take care of their self.

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Elder Abuse and Warning Signs

Elder abuse can take many forms such as verbal, physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and/or overall neglect. This problem continues to grow as the elderly tend to be vulnerable to mistreatment and lack of proper care.

It is important to understand that observing a warning sign does not automatically indicate abuse. Yet it may be a precursor to other less visible problems.

Here are some warning signs that should be monitored.

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Possible Signs of Emotional Elder Abuse

  • Unusual change in behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Withdrawal from routine activities
  • Unexplained anger
  • Depression
  • Isolation

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Possible Signs of Physical Elder Abuse

  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Abrasions
  • Burns/blisters
  • Bleeding/scabbing
  • Pressure marks
  • Slap marks
  • Physical restraint marks

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Possible Signs of Sexual Elder Abuse

  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Abnormal pain in genital area
  • Bruises on the breasts
  • Bruising of genital area
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Unusual rashes

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Possible Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

  • Unusual bank transactions
  • Inappropriate checks written
  • Forging of checks
  • Altered wills
  • Altered trusts
  • Altered Power of Attorney
  • Missing funds
  • Unpaid bills
  • Phone calls from bill collectors
  • Sudden change in financial accounts
  • Stolen property

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Possible Signs of Verbal Elder Abuse

  • Tense relationships
  • Threats
  • Name calling
  • Belittling
  • Frequent arguments
  • Signs of fear around a particular individual

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Possible Signs of Elder Neglect ~ By Someone Who Assumed Responsibility for Providing Care

  • Poor hygiene
  • Overgrown nails and hair
  • Body odor
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Bed sores
  • Dirty clothes
  • Medications not administered
  • Malnutrition

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Possible Signs of Self Neglect

While the warning signs of possible elder abuse above refer to someone else abusing an elderly person, self neglect refers to an older or disabled person who fails to or is unable to care for their own needs. This common behavior can lead to serious injury or illness. It can also put them at risk for being taken advantage of and possibly abused by others.

The majority of elder abuse cases reported to authorities are self-neglect. Possible warning signs of self neglect may include:

  • Medication refusal
  • Incoherent or disoriented
  • Refusal to eat
  • Lack of food available
  • Spoiled food
  • Dehydration
  • Poor hygiene
  • Dirty clothes, hair, nails
  • Hoarding
  • Unsafe living environment
  • Unsanitary living environment
  • Not paying bills
  • Giving money away
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Chemical dependency

Have You Ever Witnessed Elder Abuse?

  • Yes and I reported it to authorities
  • Yes and I'm considering reporting it to authorities
  • No
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Important Resources If You Suspect Elder Abuse

Trust your gut instincts! If you believe you have witnessed possible warning signs of elder abuse including self neglect, do not be afraid to ask questions and pursue this issue further.

Keep in mind that the potential victim may be experiencing additional types of abuse that are not easily visible or you have not witnessed. In some cases, you will be able to remain anonymous if you wish.

Options and Contact Information for Reporting Elder Abuse

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Contact Information
Local police in the U.S.
911
National Center on Elder Abuse
www.ncea.aoa.gov
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
www.ltcombudsman.org
National Adult Protective Services Association
www.apsnetwork.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline
www.thehotline.org
National Center on Caregiving
www.caregiver.org
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
www.inpea.net
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Final Thoughts on Elder Abuse by Sharyn's Slant

There is absolutely no excuse for elder abuse. Any neglect, abuse or exploitation of an elderly person must not be tolerated. This is a global issue that spans all races, cultures, religions and lifestyles.

It is critical that those affected by elder abuse not suffer in silence. We must all take responsibility to bring more awareness of this problem to the forefront. By doing so, abusers can be prosecuted and the elderly will have the opportunity to live out their days in peace with pride.

If you have a few moments, I encourage you to listen to the music video below. Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the possible warning signs of elder abuse.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hello my dear Sharyn...oh, thank you so much for writing this wonderful hub. There is nothing I can add...this is so complete...and needs to be said; we need to be reminded. The music is so touching....thank you. Your friend, Kathy

Up Awesome Beautiful, Caring, warm hearted and very useful.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Sharyn - The photos in this are beautiful and this is such a useful hub. I have aging parents so this hits home with me and is such important information for everyone to know. Thanks for a great hub!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is a sad state of events..Glad you wrote this article and put it in the front line. The thing is that growing old is reality and he who gives could very well get. Thanks for sharing this very sad hub but realistic. Voted up.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sharyn.....You have succeeded in writing the perfect hub. You include all and everything, so vital to keeping the elderly safe and protected.

It saddens me and causes me shame on behalf of humanity, that this is such a real issue, requiring serious attention and constant vigilance. The fact remains, it has, does and unless stopped in totality, will be an egregious flaw on our very existence. Thank you for the work you obviously put into this article.....I am voting this UP ++ and sharing....


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Absolutely perfectly said, fpherj48. You and Sharyn should form an Elder Care Action Group....I'd join right away!!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is very sad and heart breaking. I saw this in my teens. A neighbor's daughter begged me to spend a summer caring for her mother who was in the early stages of Alzheimers. I told her I really didn't know anything about caring for the elderly. She did not care that I was young and unskilled, she just didn't want to do it. I stayed with this lady for the summer. She had moments of clarity in which she wanted to play Scrabble and she tried to instruct me on the proper way to create pin curls. When her daughter made the rare visit, she went straight to her mother's checkbook and instructed me I was to try to convince this woman to change her will and remove the other sibling. I guess I was chosen to care for her because I was a gullible young person. When I got older and realized what this woman was trying to it was too late. To many people take advantage of the elderly in so many evil ways. This is a very important hub!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kathy ~ wow, thank you for being so quick to comment last evening! Your feedback means a lot to me. I do believe that people need to be reminded about elder abuse, that it does happen, and it needs to be reported. I'm so glad you enjoyed the music video too, I thought it was awesome. Take care,

Sharyn


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Bruises, weight loss, often fear in the eyes, body language and other reactions when abuser comes near them, which is often ignored and thought to be dimentia etc.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Glimmer ~ Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed the photos. I couldn't help myself yet of course, there were so many more I could have added. But these really intrigued me. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Powerful words and video. So pleased you wrote it all and put such an important Hub together with so many meaningful touching beautiful photos and advice. Voting. Bless.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carol ~ Yes, it is very sad that elder abuse has to even be such a big issue world wide. I do hope that any writing about warning signs and where to report such abuse will help in changing the statistics. I appreciate you stopping by, thank you!

Sharyn


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

SS, this is such a beautiful, compassionate hub. I loved the video and the pictures, too. This is good information and something we should all be on the look out for. Thanks for writing! Voted up, more and shared.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Aw Paula ~ could you boost my ego please? Thank you! :) It truly is a shame that this is such a big issue. You said it perfect "flaw on our very existence." It really is sad and hopefully one person at a time, we can make a difference. Thank you so much for your feedback and votes!

Sharyn


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

seriously, elders being abused. did not know until now. Sharon you have highlighted some great signs/tips. Thanks!

many votes and interesting!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Kathy ~ thanks for stopping back. Oh gosh, could you imagine me and Paula working together. She would have me laughing to hard and I'd get no work done.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Elder abuse is so heartbreaking. I think this hub is outstanding as it addresses all forms of this abuse and the signs to look for. I think this will be very helpful as many people probably didn't know the signs to look for and so often the elderly cannot speak for themselves. I loved the video also. Up and across (except funny).


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Abuse at any age is abuse. Sickening and heart wrenching...how can anyone abuse another human being, especially a helpless one and that is what most elderly people are...they are either helpless physically or mentally or both. It takes a truly twisted person to abuse.

You have outlined so many good points, such good information and great resources. Perhaps this hub should be posted in hospitals and nursing homes to make people aware and sit up and pay attention.

This was a great hub.

Voted up, useful, and interesting. Oh, and shared with my followers.


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

Great Hub..this is very prevalant in today's society..someone that I know just got sentenced three years to prison for abusing someone elderly. Elderly abuse is so sad.....but it is common. Voted up


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

As we have come to expect from you, Sharyn, another valuable and compassionate hub.

It is beyond belief that our old people can be subjected to any sort of abuse but it does happen. I am sharing this hub so that younger people will be alerted and, hopefully, become more thoughtful of the vulnerability of the elderly.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am so appalled. Cal, me naïve but I just didn't imagine this problem was so HUGE! I'm sorry - I just can't imagine using my hands or mouth to cause pain to another individual at any age. And to not respect our elders? What is this world becoming! That's freaking disgusting!

I wish anyone who has been mean to another person - would have a big mirror in front of them - and I hope they think this:

There is a video tape recording my behavior and what would the world think of me now?! Ha!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is a very important, well-written hub on elder abuse, Sharyn, and you are to be commended for reminding us of an all too prevalent problem.

Every photo you included tells a story.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Tammy ~ OMG, thank you so much for sharing your story. It's sad that you were taken advantage of. What a horrible experience. You of course did nothing wrong. It would have been awesome if somehow the daughter was caught. I believe the elderly woman was lucky to have you, no matter what age you were. You were the highlight of her days. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


jusbeth16 4 years ago

Very well written hub here.

Well done


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Linda ~ I agree! I do mention bruises, malnutrition and fear around a particular individual. And body language and fear in the eyes are definite signs that something may be wrong. I'm sure there are situation where signs are ignored and thought to be something else like dementia, etc. It's sad and that's why we have to have our eyes and ears open and make reports if necessary. Thank you for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Penelope ~ Thank you for you compliments and votes. Very much appreciated!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi PP ~ Wow, what nice compliments. Thank you so much for your feedback, votes and share too.

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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Ruchira ~ I admit that it is actually great if you never heard about elder abuse until now. That gives me some hope that it can be stopped. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Pamela ~ I agree, elder abuse is extremely heartbreaking. I hope that this is helpful for people to know what to look for. Thank you so much for your feedback and votes.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi tillsontitan ~ Absolutely, an abuser in any case is very twisted. It is sickening. I hope that more and more people pay attention and help stop elder abuse. I appreciate your feedback and thanks for voting and sharing too.

Sharyn


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sharon,

How wonderful that you have addressed this subject... I believe you are a true advocate for the elderly and could write a brilliant book from a family/ caregiver perspective.

Nurses are being trained to assess much more closely for all kinds of abuse. With the elderly, it is especially important to have moments of privacy where the client can feel safe to open up. There are subtle signs like frequent readmissions to the ER for falls, GI problems, even substance abuse type issues can mask. For women who were abused through their earlier life, this can continue in later years... It is beyond sad.

Thank you for raising awareness. We must all keep our eyes open.

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello mismazda ~ great to meet you. I'm actually glad to hear that someone got sentenced to three years in prison for elder abuse. That needs to happen more often. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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jimmythejock 4 years ago from Scotland

I saw a story on the scottish news the other night that showed "carers" in a nursing home hitting and kicking and elderly gentleman laying on the floor.

Abuse of anyone sickens me especially when they are so old and frail that they can't do anything about it. thanks for sharing this hub and well done for pointing out a crime that is all to often swept under the carpet.....jimmy


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Angie ~ Aww, such a sweet comment. Thank you. I appreciate your feedback and sharing of this article. It is important that everyone is aware that elder abuse is a real problem and needs to be stopped. Hope all is well with you :)

Sharyn


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Sharyn, this is a wonder hub. Thanks for the great tips and signs.....I'm sharing, votes up and away.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelly ~ You are not naïve. Many people don't know how big a problem elder abuse is. It is disgusting. You mentioned "videotaping." Even families who suspected abuse in their own homes have used cameras to catch the perpetrator. I say-whatever it takes to stop this abuse. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dr. BJ ~ I appreciate your feedback. We all do need to be reminded of this problem so that we can continue to help stop it. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello jusbeth16 ~ it's great to meet you. I appreciate you stopping by!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Maria ~ I do try to be somewhat of an "advocate" for the elderly. It is a true passion that comes from within. I agree that those that might have been abused earlier in life are susceptible to elder abuse. It is really sad. I hope that even in a small way, that I can make a difference. I am positive that you do too. Thank you my dear friend!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Jimmy ~ OMG, I hate hearing and seeing stories like that. It is so cruel and disgusting. I hope that more and more elder abuse is reported and not swept under the carpet. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Michelle ~ You are very welcome. I'm so glad you appreciated this article. Thanks for sharing and voting too.

Sharyn


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

This is a sad state of events and we need to b reminded, great share, voted up.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello girishpuri ~ Yes, elder abuse is very sad and people do need to be reminded what the warning signs are so they can take appropriate action. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Elder abuse is a sad phenomenon that is widely prevalent in all strata of society. You have tackled this extremely important issue very well.

Voting it up, useful and interesting. Sharing it on G+1, here and tweeting too.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

This is such useful information! I once got fired from a job for reporting elder abuse, but I'd do it again in a moment.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Useful hub and well chosen subject.Thanks to share.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

As a retired public health nurse I am more aware than most of elder abuse and its potentially serious consequences. It's heartbreaking that sometimes families are the abusers, but the tremendous amount of stress involved with caregiving, combined with long standing family issues all factor in.

You did a wonderful job explaining things to look for and providing vital reporting information in a clear, well laid out manner. And the pictures of elders are so beautiful and tender.

Thanks for bringing attention to this issue. I think the general public is much more aware of child and spouse abuse than they are about elder abuse so this kind of article is very important.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Also shared.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Sharon this is absolutely one of the best hubs I have read concerning this situation. It is far too common than I would like to think about. When mom was in rehab, they treated her like gold but we were there day in and day out but so many residents were left there, no family to visit them, sitting everyday alone. Such emotional abuse in my opinion. Thank you for sharing this and making people aware that it could be a neighbor, family member, or friend...It comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes..pure neglect is the biggest.

God bless,

Sunnie


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Rajan ~ Thank you so much for your compliments, votes and sharing this important information as well. Very much appreciated!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi jellygator ~ Reporting elder abuse is the right thing to do. You getting fired from your job because of it, well that just sucks! Yet I can only hope that more people feel the way you do. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Deepak ~ I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Thank you so much!

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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Gail ~ Oh, I bet in your line of work you have seen and heard more about elder abuse than most people. It is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, I do think you are correct about "family issues" and stress playing a part in the abuse by family members. It's sad.

Thank you for your compliments and I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I appreciate your votes and sharing of this information as well.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Aw Sunnie ~ what sweet compliments. So glad to hear your mom had a great experience when she was in rehab. Having family there often is really critical to their well being. It does feel like emotional abuse when patients are there with no visitors and activity, just sitting there with nothing to do, staring at the walls or the floor. It is sad to see. I really think that also has to do with the staffing levels where there is not enough staff to continuously engage the residents. Ugh, I wish I could fix it all :( Thank you so much my dear friend for your feedback. Sending you hugs,

Sharyn


kelleyward 4 years ago

As a nurse I'm all too aware of this horrible practice. In my mind I cannot fathom how someone could abuse an elderly person, or anyone else for that matter. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub. I'm sharing it with others in the hope that someone will benefit from all the time and effort you put into this. Voted up and shared. Kelley


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is a shame that the elder has to go through any abuse


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Aw, the video was really sweet! I find it so fascinating that we are born into this world helpless and needing the loving care of family, and the same happens when we age and get old. I grew up helping my mom with the elderly and have many wonderful moments and memories of her patients. Though I didn't follow in my mom's footsteps, I will always have a special place for the elderly in my heart. Just as child abuse is intolerable, so too is elder abuse. Thank you for sharing this.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ I appreciate you sharing this hub. It's important to get this information out there.

DDE ~ I agree, it really is a shame. We must report any signs of elder abuse to get it to stop.

Cyndi ~ I'm glad you watched the video. I thought it was great. And growing up around a nursing home environment, I am sure you have a special place in your heart for the elderly. Thank you for sharing this message.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is such important information. Knowing the signs and who to contact are key. Voted up and more. Sharing!


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fjohn 3 years ago from india

This is a very useful hub sharyn. We all have to be aware of this kind of heinous crime against elders. All other crimes are reported immediately,but crime against elders are not taken seriously.Very Nice Hub. Thank you so much.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

This is a very important topic that you have addressed Sharyn, and I think the problem is worsening. I'm noticing disparaging comments aboout Baby Boomers and older on various online news discussions. I just saw one long comment stating that older people should be sent to Mars to die, because they are all selfish and greedy. I think we must be on a higher alert in order to help older people out of abusive situations.

Thanks very much for ths Hub. Rated Up and more.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

You did a wonderful job of bringing attention to the problem of elder abuse, and it's good for us all to be aware of the warning signs you mentioned. I think it might be difficult sometimes to differentiate between abuse by another, self neglect and some level of dementia. Unfortunately, sometimes dementia in older persons causes them to mistrust the very people who love and help them the most, making diagnosis of abuse very difficult. However, it never hurts to take any sign of abuse seriously.

Voted up and shared.


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Nat Amaral 3 years ago from BC Canada

A great hub. Its always sad when the elderly are mistreated. I've seen it happen too many times. Fortunately, they never got to that age by letting abusers like that stomp on them. Very well done. Voted up. Natalie


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torrilynn 3 years ago

hi sharyn,

great hub here. ive worked as a cna

so i noticed signs of elder abuse when i would help a resident

and i would notice marks we reported the marks but the person

that did it blamed the cnas it was a mess but i do believe that it is

important to know the signs of elder abuse and to know when to take

action to stop it.

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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Vicki ~ I hope that everyone feels the same way you do. Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing this important information.

Sharyn!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi fjohn ~It's true. Sometimes, crimes against the elderly are not always taken seriously. But they definitely should be. Hopefully, people will become more aware - the more it is talked about. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you,

Sharyn


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Confronting but very true and more common than we think.. thank goodness these days people don't ignore it like they used too..self abuse is quite prevalent amongst the elderly unfortunately as well..so sad..

Really well written and informative hub..sorry I missed it initially..cheers


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Patty ~ Oh my gosh. The comment you describe that you saw on an online discussion is really horrible. How could people think that way. So awful. I hope that articles such as this one do help people open their eyes to potential signs of elder abuse - and they do something about it. Thanks so much for your feedback and votes.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Stephanie ~ I agree that it could be difficult to differentiate between abuse by another and self neglect - or simply just plain old fear. There was a time when my grandmother was extremely paranoid. She thought "someone was out to get her." She had told my great aunt (her sister) that she was left home alone all the time and that the doors to the house were left unlocked. My aunt made an anonymous report and my family had to meet with a social worker.

My grandma lived with my parents at the time and she was never left alone. There were many times that I or my sisters would stay with her if need be also. She was extremely well taken care of. But in her mind, she felt alone and afraid. When this all happened and I heard about it, I called the social worker directly to schedule an immediate appointment. We didn't even wait for them to contact us. The social worker saw immediately that grandma was well taken care of. Grandma kept telling her how wonderful her family was to her, etc. But her dementia somehow made her feel alone and afraid.

So, all that said, I do believe that any sign of abuse or neglect should always be reported. Those who are properly trained can then determine if there is abuse or neglect. But it's better to be safe than sorry. Thanks Steph for your great feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Natalie ~ It is very sad. Why would people want to mistreat anyone. Thanks for your feedback and vote. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi torrilynn ~ I've worked as a home health aid as well. I could see how caretakers could be accused of something they did not do. I agree as you said, that no matter what, any signs needs to be reported. The truth will come out in the end. I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks so much!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Carter ~ Unfortunately, it probably is more common than we think. I hope more and more people speak up and do not ignore the signs of elder abuse. Thank you so much for your compliments and feedback.

Sharyn


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Excellent article about elder abuse. One of our tenants recently died due to the fact that she was neglected by her alcoholic son and kie. I feel guilty because I had no idea what went on behind their closed doors.

Thank you, Sharon!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Sharyn. This is an issue that is dear to my heart as caregiver for my Mom and her older sister. I've hesitated so many times and for the reasons you've stated, I'm reluctant to bring home health services in to help in their care after interviewing several applicants. The representative from the Department of Aging and Disability Services told me that there is no training of any kind for the caregivers they send out. No Training. That's a scary thought. Some do not know how to cook, yet they are tasked with meal preparation as well as other things. One brought her sick daughter with her one day as the day care wouldn't allow her child to stay at school. Sick children around the elderly. Unbelievable.

I remember when Auntie was in the hospital and I saw huge bruises on her arms, I was extremely concerned. Unfortunately, at her age (93) her tissue is very fragile and just helping her out of the car can leave bruises. As you've so well expressed in your article, there are many additional signs to be on the lookout for. A careful eye is critical and attention to these details is key.


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

What a great hub - this topic is something I am very passionate about. Awesome work.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Martie ~ That is horrible to hear about one of your tenants. But you should not feel guilty if you ha no idea. I'm positive you would have stepped right in if you knew something was wrong. Thank you so much for feedback and sharing this important article.

Sharyn


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

This is such an important subject which is so well covered by you Sharyn' Slant - loved the video and the music. This is a subject very close to my heart. I have witnessed terrible poverty among the elderly, here and abroad. Some of the conditions have been related to total neglect by the authorities and their families. So very sad to witness. Thank you for sharing


leann2800 3 years ago

This article is about a subject dear to me. Unfortunately the law in my state distinguishes abuse from allowing abuse for both the elderly and teens. Of course they allow it, they are afraid.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Sharyn's! There is a charitable trust in India which is doing exemplary things by engaging elders who are ignored in activities like teaching small children, learning to dance, baby sitting, watering plants and providing them a common place to live and enjoy their life in a dignified way. Your hub has really raised an issue which is very alarming as we all are going to get old.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

I have an elderly mother I visit at least once a week. Whenever I go there I look around to see how she is doing in her home. Then we chat about anything and everything. I keep my eyes open for any signs of abuse of any kind. Thumbs up and sharing.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a gen Sharyn and here's to many many more to follow. Voting up, across and shared.

Eddy,.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to respond to the recent comments. I've been so busy and they got lost in my email notices.

Peg ~ Wow, no training? You would think home health care providers would at least have a CNA and CPR training. And bringing a sick child in to work - when you work with the elderly, well, that is just stupid. Some people just do not think. You really do have to be careful and keep your eyes open. You had mentioned the bruises that your aunt had that were simply because her tissue was fragile. I remember my grandma's arms having blue spots all the time and actually bleeding at times too. She was never abused in any way. She lived to almost 103 years old and her skin was very frail. Thank you so much for your feedback and all the care you have taken of elderly family members.

Monis Mas ~ it's wonderful to hear about so many people's passion about this important topic. I appreciate you stopping by.

sallybea ~ I really appreciate your feedback. It is so sad when elderly neglect happens and no one steps in to do anything about it. I'm glad this is a subject close to your heart. Everyone of us can make a difference.

leann ~ Sometimes people are afraid to confront an abusive situation. No one wants to accuse someone of something like this. But regardless, speaking up is the right thing to do.

pinto ~ The charitable trust in India sounds awesome. It is so important that our elderly are engaged in activities that make them feel important and also safe. We all need a reason to get up every morning.

Angelo ~ Your mother is lucky to have you keep an eye out for her to make sure she is comfortable and not in any harm. We need to remember that elderly abuse can also be self neglect. So visiting as often as you can is important.

Eddy ~ thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this important article.

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your wonderful comments. Again, I apologize for taking so long to respond.

Sharyn

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