Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person. It is generally divided into the following categories:
Physical abuse is physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment.
Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person.
Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of violence by an intimate partner where the violence is used to exercise power and control.
Psychological abuse is the willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct.
Financial abuse is the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property, or resources.
Neglect is the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her caregiving responsibilities. Self-neglect is failure to provide for one's own essential needs.
In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.
To report elder abuse, contact the Adult Protective Services (APS) agency in the state where the elder resides.
You can find the APS reporting number for each state by visiting The State Resources section of the National Center on Elder Abuse website, The Eldercare Locator website or calling: 1-800-677-1116.
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