Health Tip: Look for Signs of Elder Abuse09/14/11
(HealthDay News) -- Many seniors are frail and unable to fully
care for themselves. They are particularly vulnerable to
intentional abuse or neglect, the U.S. Administration on Aging
The agency mentions these warning signs of elder abuse:
- Any sign of physical harm, including bruises, fractures, burns
or marks on the skin.
- Sudden withdrawal, depression and reduced alertness, or other
changes in behavior or personality.
- Unexpected changes in financial status, which could indicate
that the elderly person is being exploited.
- Unexplained weight loss, bedsores or lack of personal
- Signs of being threatened or belittled.
- Frequent arguing between caregiver and the elderly person, and
signs of strain in the relationship.
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