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Throughout the month of June focus us placed on elder abuse awareness and education. Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abused or neglected each year, yet only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is brought to the attention of authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Community Living. Sadly many acts of abuse and neglect are perpetrated by family members. It is extremely difficult to identify cases since seniors are often isolated and do not report in to school like children.

Red flags of abuse include:

EMOTIONAL SIGNS

  • unusual changes in behavior or sleep
  • fear or anxiety
  • being isolated or unresponsive
  • depression

PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • broken bones, bruises or welts
  • sores or burns
  • untreated bed sores
  • torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
  • poor nutrition, hygiene or dehydration
  • poor living conditions
  • lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aids, medications, etc.)

FINANCIAL SIGNS

  • unusual changes in bank account or money management
  • unusual or sudden changes in a will or other financial documents
  • fraudulent signatures on financial documents
  • unpaid bills

If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation report this immediately by calling the anonymous hotline at (855) 444-3911.

There is no excuse for elder abuse!

*Information provided by the National Center on Elder Abuse. For more information go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.