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Elder abuse: The hidden crime

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What are the signs and symptoms of elder abuse?

Victims of elder abuse may show any of these signs:

  • depression, fear, anxiety, anger, or passivity
  • unexplained physical injuries
  • not having enough food or water
  • poor hygiene, rashes, or pressure sores
  • unexplained missing money or personal items
  • being away from their regular activities
  • being too sedated by drugs

It is important not to assume right away that it is elder abuse. But these signs should be taken seriously. What sometimes seems like a person not taking care of themselves might turn out to be elder abuse.