Spot the Signs
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse?
It’s important to look for and be aware of how common abuse on the elderly can be. Spotting these symptoms early could prevent emotional, behavioral, physical, and financial harm to the elderly community. Being informed can stop exploitation and possibly save a life. The emotional, behavioral, physical, and financial symptoms of elder abuse can include any one or a combination of the following:
- Broken bones, bruises, and welts
- Cuts, sores or burns, bed sores
- Lack of medical aids
- Dirtiness, poor nutrition or dehydration
- Poor living conditions
Emotional & Behavioral Signs
- Unusual changes in behavior or sleep
- Fear or anxiety
- Isolated or not responsive or withdrawn
- Unusual changes in bank account or money management
- Unpaid bills
- Sudden changes in a will or other financial documents
- Fraudulent signatures on financial documents
How can we Prevent and Address Elder Abuse?
We can lower the risk of elder abuse by having support and foundations in place that make abuse less likely, as well as each of us taking responsibility to get involved if we see or suspect abusive behavior of a neighbor, friend, or loved one.
In Western New York, there are extensive community supports and services organizations for caregivers and older adults which can alleviate risk factors tied to elder abuse.
The Office of Aging in Niagara County will receive and follow-up on any suspected abuse incidents or will connect caregivers and senior citizens with a range of support organizations. They can be reached at 716-438-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Health Emergency Rooms
Catholic Health emergency rooms are open 24/7 and staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who are experienced in treating every kind of emergency, including elder mistreatment.