Elder abuse often goes unnoticed and unreported, but there are some signs that something is likely amiss with an elderly person. If you notice any of the signs listed below (or a combination of these things), it’s important to try and find out what is going on or report elder abuse.
Here are some ways to tell if an elderly person is being abused.
- A Change in Character: people that are going through abusive relationships often withdraw from social circles, begin experiencing a large amount of anxiety, and are less friendly overall.
- Mention of a Bank Account Issue: sometimes an elderly person will reach out to a friend or neighbor by mentioning that they are suddenly worried about money, or do not have money to cover essential bills.
- Lack of Interest in Hobbies or Pets: if an elderly person you know suddenly starts abusing a pet or loses interest in hobbies, activities, or groups, something might be happening at home.
- Changes in Physical Appearance: often, elders that are experiencing abuse stop showering, combing their hair, or attempting to keep up former appearances.
- The Reach Out: this might be the most important sign listed here -- many elderly people will reach out to friends saying that they aren’t being treated right. This is when you need to take action and find out what is happening.
Our next post will detail the ways that you can help elders experiencing abuse. The important thing, though, is that you say something.