2. What is Elder Abuse???
Elder abuse can be difficult to detect but recognizing
the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
It tends to take place
where the senior lives:
most often in the home
where abusers are often
adult children, family
members. Elder abuse
can also occur in
4. Forms Of Abuse
• Physical Abuse….
is force that results in
bodily injury, pain or
impairment. The abuse
can range from slapping
an older adult to beatings
to excessive forms of
5. Forms Of Abuse
• Sexual Abuse…
is non consensual
sexual contact of any
kind with an order
person. The sexual
activity can range from
exhibitionism to fondling
to oral, anal, or vaginal
6. Forms Of Abuse
• Emotional Abuse…
is the willful infliction of
mental or emotional
anguish by threat,
humiliation, or other
verbal or nonverbal
7. Forms Of Abuse
is the failure of a
caregiver to fulfill his or
her care giving
8. Forms Of Abuse
• Financial Abuse…
is the illegal or improper use
of elder person's funds,
properties, or resources…
9. Forms Of Abuse
is the desertion of an
elderly person by an
individual who has
for providing care for an
elder, or by a person
with physical custody of
10. Victims of Abuse
• Elderly - Any person 65 years of age who is
dependent on others for daily activities.
• Dependent Adult - Persons who have physical or
• Developmentally Disabled - persons whose
physical or mental abilities have diminished
because of injury and depend on others.
• Vulnerable Person - Persons who have a medical
or psychological record of the impairment.
• Older Person - A person who is 60 years of age or
11. Risk Factors for Elder Abuse
It’s difficult to take care of a senior who has
many different needs, and it’s difficult to be
elderly when age brings with it infirmities and
Both the demands of
care giving and the
needs of the elder
can create situations
in which abuse is
more likely to occur.
12. Risk Factors for Elder Abuse
Risk factors among caregivers :-
Among caregivers, significant risk factors for elder
• Inability to cope with stress.
• Lack of support from other potential caregivers.
• The caregiver’s perception that taking care of the
elder is burdensome and without psychological
• Substance abuse.
13. Risk factors for elder abuse
The elder’s condition and history:-
Several factors concerning elders themselves, while
they don’t excuse abuse, influence whether they
are at greater risk for abuse:
• The intensity of illness or dementia.
• Social isolation.
• The elder’s role, at an earlier time, as an abusive
parent or spouse.
• A history of domestic violence in the home.
• The elder’s own tendency toward verbal or
14. Preventing Elder abuse
Preventing elder abuse means doing
below mentioned things:
• Listening to seniors and their caregivers
• Intervening when you suspect elder abuse
• Educating others about how to recognize and
report elder abuse
15. Preventing Elder Abuse
What you can do as a caregiver to
prevent elder abuse :-
• Request help, from friends or care agencies.
• Find an adult day care program.
• Seek counseling for depression, which can lead
to elder abuse.
• Find a support group for caregivers of the
• Call a helpline if you think there’s a possibility
you might cross the line into elder abuse.
16. Preventing Elder Abuse
What you can do as a friend or family
• Watch for warning signs that might indicate
• Watch for possible financial abuse.
• Help the elder consider you a trusted
• Stay with the elder so the caregiver can have a
break on a regular basis, if possible.
17. Preventing Elder Abuse
Protecting yourself, as an elder, against
• Make sure your financial and legal affairs are in
• Keep in touch with family and friends and avoid
• If you are unhappy with the care you are
receiving, whether it is in your own home or in a
care facility, speak up.
• Tell someone you trust and ask that person to
report the abuse, neglect, or substandard care
to an elder abuse law firm or attorneys.