Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Senior-Centric Hospital Units In the Bay Area Offer Healing Without Harm

Morris was admitted to the hospital after experiencing some mild arrhythmia shortly before his 81st birthday. He was feeling flush, and dizzy, and was having some trouble breathing. Nervous about another hospital visit, Morris recalled that while the staff at the last hospital were attentive and concerned, they didn’t seem to have the capacity or resources to treat an older adult differently than any other patient. This time, though, he was relieved to learn he would be taken to a hospital that had a dedicated Senior Care Unit.

Exploring Ways to Prevent Senior Isolation Through Social Engagement

At 70, Burt had been slowly losing his hearing for years. While it was noticeable to his wife Clara and their three children, Burt didn’t seem too bothered by the loss. He and Clara had been together for over 45 years, immersed in a comfortable routine that didn’t require verbal communication to feel heard. But when Clara died unexpectedly of a stroke, Burt found himself at a total loss. Without his wife by his side, he felt cut off from the world—the combination of grief, loneliness, and hearing issues left Burt incredibly isolated.

Self-Neglect Is a Form of Elder Abuse: How Family Members Can Recognize It in Older Adults

One thing that Nadia always loved about her mom was how low-maintenance she was. She always heard her friends complain about their parents and their demands, from childhood into adulthood. But Lana, her mother, who raised the three girls alone after their father died in a car accident, never made a fuss over herself, and her kids were the same way. They didn’t ask much from anyone, and never needed it. As Lana got older, that self-reliance maintained itself, but lately, Nadia thought it was changing into something worse. 

Preventing Caregiver Theft From Destroying Your Loved One’s Final Years

Anya was wracked with guilt, a sickening feeling that tossed and turned her throughout the night. As the oldest of the children, she had been responsible for finding a caregiver for her mom. She went through a few caregiver services, did the interviews, and settled on a young woman she thought was the best fit. Anya had been proud of herself, until, nearly a year later, she discovered that the caregiver had been stealing from her mom the entire time, in both large and small amounts. Her mom, suffering from physical ailments as well as the early stages of dementia, had not noticed the theft. By the time it was caught, Anya’s mother was in terrible financial shape. The children all made enough so that she didn’t suffer, but Anya was sickened by the memory. What would have happened if they couldn’t help? What happens to other people?

How Formal Caregivers Can Talk to Their Older Patients About Domestic Elder Abuse

A formal caregiver is, almost by definition, in an ill-defined middle ground with their patients. You’re not part of the family, but you’re around either full-time or most of the time. You develop a closeness with the older adult in your care but try to maintain a certain professional remove. And while you might be with them more than anyone else, the family ultimately has the say in medical matters and personal decisions.

New Apps Help Caregivers Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse Online

For a millennial who grew up speaking the language of the Internet, having watched it evolve from the roughly hewn websites of the nineties to the seductive, cinematic pages that we enjoy today, it’s very easy to recognize an email or website that feels “legitimate” or “normal.” But for older generations who didn’t grow up surfing the web, this might not be as intuitive, and could lead to harm. In particular, older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia could be especially at risk for online financial abuse and email scams.

How To Prevent Elder Financial Abuse From Unexpected Places

The bar I used to take my father to was exceedingly Irish and unblinkingly multi-generational. There was no “young person” corner or anything like that—everyone mixed up, and 20-somethings listened to the stories of men 60 years their elder, swapped the same jokes, and told the same tall tales. That’s why no one questioned why Patsy, a Kerry man in his 80s, was always hanging out with two younger guys. They had done some work at his house, and he befriended them, and now they were nearly inseparable.They seemed like they were taking good care of him, helping him around, allowing him to come to the pub to hang out with his friends.

Emotional Abuse Prevention in Seniors: The Subtle Signs of Issues You May Not Be Aware Of

If you’re at all familiar with the abuse that can be suffered by older adults, you’re probably aware of some of the more common forms. For example, physical abuse has signs that can be seen easily (such as burns, scars, and bruises). Financial abuse is aptly demonstrated by funds disappearing from bank accounts, missing valuables, or intercepted checks.[1. “Signs of Financial Abuse of Elderly,” https://www.ag.nd.gov/CPAT/PDFFiles/abuse.PDF] Even neglect has the unmistakable signs of a disheveled personal appearance, lack of hygiene, and untidy home.

Preventing Elder Neglect and Making Sure Your Loved Ones Receive Appropriate Home Care

If you’re the caregiver of an older adult, you probably feel good about keeping them in their homes throughout their golden years. After all, most people prefer to stay in places they’ve lived in for decades rather than be transferred to a facility. However, just because a person resides where they wish doesn’t mean they’re completely free from dangerous situations. If your loved one needs help accomplishing everyday tasks, they may face a threat you never considered: elder neglect.