ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION

Elder Abuse can happen to any senior regardless of gender, race or economic status. Whether it’s financial, emotional, physical, sexual or neglect, it’s abuse and it's wrong.



Do you think someone you know may be suffering from Elder Abuse?

Even if the senior who is being abused is not a family member, you can still keep an eye open for the signs of Elder Abuse. Sometimes all it takes is a call to help a Senior at risk. 

Some signs of a senior at risk

  • Senior appears dirty, undernourished, dehydrated, over or under medicated or is not receiving the care for health related issues.
  • Recent changes in banking or spending patterns.
  • Appearance of frequent or unexplained injuries.
  • Presence of “new best friend” who is willing to care for the senior for little or no cost.
  • Caregiver is financially dependent on the senior.

Find out how you can help a Senior at Risk

  

Caring for a senior can be stressful. But there is help...

Caring for a senior family member or friend can be demanding and stressful. This extra stress can make us treat those we love more harshly than we would like. Watch for signs that you may need help – and help is available. 

Watch for signs that you may be burning out

  • Stress: being anxious about facing another day and what the future holds
  • Sadness: feeling overwhelmed and sad
  • Exhaustion: unable to complete tasks, lack of energy
  • Emotional Reactions: crying at minor upsets or becoming irritable, yelling, being short-tempered, criticizing often
  • Health Issues: weight gain/loss, getting sick often, development of physical/mental health problems 

Finding Relief and Support as a Caregiver


All that is needed is suspicion of elder abuse, not PROOF.
Anyone can call the Elder Abuse line for support.
905-459-7777 press 1 for English, press 3 for Elder Abuse.


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