If the danger is not immediate but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, relay your concerns to the local adult protective services agency, long-term care ombudsman, or police.
To find the right helpline, hotline, or elder abuse resources in your local area, visit the NCEA website.
Loewy says it may be that financial exploiters are simply following the money, and seniors tend to have a higher net worth than younger adults.
And some older adults are at greater risk of exploitation due to cognitive impairment.
Signs of physical abuse against an elderly person tend to include unexplained signs of injury such as those listed above, says Anne Sansevero, a registered nurse and member of the board of directors of the Aging Life Care Association.
Not allowing you to visit with the elderly person alone, inconsistent explanations for injuries or taking the elder to multiple medical facilities for treatment can all be red flags that abuse is occurring.This is why background checks are especially important when hiring a professional caregiver.The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) recommends calling 911 immediately if you believe an elderly friend, relative, or neighbor is in immediate, life-threatening danger.Emotional abuse can range from a simple verbal insult to an aggressive verbal attack.It can also include threats of physical harm or isolation.