Elder abuse can take many forms. It's not always physical or sexual harm facing seniors. It can also take the form of neglect, financial exploitation, emotional or even mental harm inflicted. Click here for a complete article with symptoms of abuse to watch out for. As always, one of the best defenses against elder abuse is a good offense. Being proactive to keep individuals happy, healthy, active and social automatically reduces the risk for elder abuse, especially as seniors remain involved in some sort of community. Priorities for preventing elder abuse include: • Practicing oversight & advocacy as seniors (especially those with memory issues) navigate hospital & rehab stays, doctor visits, and caregiver appointments • Reducing alone/solitary time and keeping seniors social • Monitoring weight to ensure unintended weight loss isn't weakening the individual • Seeking support as a caregiver when the load becomes overwhelming
Need to learn more? The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides ideas to keep our vulnerable loved ones safe.
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