What is Abuse?
Physical Abuse: Pushing, striking, slapping, kicking, pinching, restraining, shaking, beating, burning, hitting, shoving or other acts that can cause harm to an elder.
Emotional or Psychological Abuse: Verbal berating, harassment, intimidation, threats of punishment or deprivation, criticism, demeaning comments, coercive behavior or isolation from family and friends.
Financial or Material Exploitation: Improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets; cashing checks without permission; forging signatures; forcing or deceiving; using an ATM/debit card without permission.
Self-neglect: When individuals fail to provide themselves with whatever is necessary to prevent physical or emotional harm or pain.
Physical Signs of Abuse:
Physical signs may include cuts, puncture wounds, burns, bruises, welts, dehydration or malnutrition, poor coloration, sunken eyes or cheeks, soiled clothing or bed, or lack of necessities such as food, water, or utilities.
Behavioral Signs ofAbuse:
Behavioral signs may include fear, anxiety, agitation, anger, isolation, withdrawal, depression, non-responsiveness, resignation, ambivalence, contradictory statements, implausible stories, hesitation to talk openly, confusion or disorientation.
*No one has the right to hit you, to treat you like a child or humiliate you. No one has the right to take your money or to hurt you. If they respect or care about you, they will cause no harm!