Sadly, most elder abuse is committed by someone the victim knows or loves. Elder abuse is the willful action or inaction that inflicts injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment on a vulnerable adult. Victims of elder abuse may be unable to express or demonstrate physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.
Major financial exploitation is the most commonly reported, leaving those that are emotionally, physically and sexually abused in a continued state of danger and isolation.
Some signs and symptoms include:
-- Unusual isolation
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-- Changes in personality; behavior
-- Suspicious changes in legal policies
-- Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
-- Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
-- Items or cash missing from the senior's household
-- Unsanitary living conditions: bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
-- Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, or poor hygiene
-- Significant or sudden withdrawals from the elder's financial accounts
-- Unexplained injuries such as bruises, welts, dislocations or broken bones
Elder abuse exists in our community; it's our responsibility to help. If anyone suspects elder abuse it is important to report to law enforcement or Adult Protective Services at 1-877-389-3013.
For questions or concerns you may also contact the Crime Victim Service Center at 509-374-0130.
NORMA TORRES CHVEZ, Kennewick