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Elder abuse

October 11, 2015

LORIEB (Lor-ee-be)

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Elder abuse can be defined as mental or physical abuse inflicted on an elderly person by someone they trust and depend on to provide them with the basic necessities of life, including companionship, transportation, food, and personal care.  The abuser can be a friend or family member in a home setting, or a staff member at a retirement home.  Elder abuse can be in the form of sexual abuse, neglect, financial abuse or mental abuse.  In many cases, it is a combination of all of these abuses.

Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity or sexual assault.  Neglect is the failure to provide food or health services for a dependent elder.  Financial abuse can include stealing money or pension cheques, committing forgery, fraud or extortion, misusing a power of attorney, or forcing an elderly person to sell property or other assets.  Mental abuse can include threatening, coercing, embarrassing, humiliating, frightening…

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