Learn the signs of Elder Abuse
Advisors and other professionals interacting with seniors can help identify suspected incidents of elder abuse.
Any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of any older adult. It is often divided into six categories: physical, emotional, financial, sexual, medication and neglect.
Recognizing abuse, which occurs across all socio-economic levels, is vital to protecting the ever-increasing number of seniors in Canada. The tips include:
- watch for a sudden appearance of physical injuries such as bruises and sprains;
- stay alert to a change in finances;
- identify changes in behaviour or appearance;
- watch for new suspicious relationships.
In an emergency situation, call the police. For non-emergency situations, the federal government lists provincial and territorial resources on elder abuse.
The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network says elder abuse includes:
- financial abuse
- psychological or emotional abuse
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- medication abuse
- violation of human rights
Contact AEAAN in your community to find out more about the help available to you where you live.