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Abuse and neglect of older adults can take many forms, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual, and spiritual.
Physical abuse includes violence or rough treatment, even if it does not leave an injury. It can also be a threat of physical force. A push that might not hurt a younger person can be very harmful to an older adult. Physical abuse also includes inappropriate use of medications or restraints. Emotional abuse includes name-calling, intimidation, threats, yelling, Ignoring, or socially isolating the older person. Emotional abuse is often a form of control. Treating an older adult “like a child” is another form of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can cause emotional pain, anguish, or distress. It can undermine an older person’s sense of dignity and self-worth. Emotional abuse is also known as verbal, mental or psychological abuse.
Financial abuse is the most common form of abuse of older adults. It can involve illegally or improperly using a person’s money, assets or property without the person’s permission or knowledge. It is often a form of theft or fraud. Examples of financial abuse include: pressuring for money, goods or property; using property or money without the person’s knowledge and consent; and misusing a power of attorney.
Sexual abuse is sexual contact with an older adult without that person’s consent. It can include pressuring an older adult for intimacy, fondling, touching, and sexual assault. Sexual abuse can also include sexual comments or jokes, or leering.
Violations of rights means ignoring older adults’ entitlement to basic rights and freedoms that other adults often take for granted. Violation of rights may include restricting visitors, or restricting the person’s liberty, freedom, rights to privacy, and access to information or available community supports. Violation of rights can also include making decisions about the older adult’s health, personal care, or finances without the person’s consent (or where the person is not capable, his or her chosen substitute decision maker). In some cases, rules or policies may violate an older adult’s rights.
Spiritual abuse or neglect means restriction or loss of a person’s spiritual practices, customs or traditions. It also includes using an older person’s religious or spiritual beliefs to exploit them; attacking a person’s spiritual beliefs; and not allowing the older person to attend the church, synagogue, or temple of his or her choice.
Neglect can be physical, emotional or financial. It refers to situations where a person has a responsibility to provide care or assistance to an older adult, but does not. For example, a neglectful caregiver might stop paying the bills or providing food, shelter, medication, medical attention or other forms of assistance that the older adult needs and cannot get on his or her own. Abandoning the person is another form of neglect.
Abuse is a Crime
Enjoyed your article. I think that abuse is the same everywhere it occurs regardless of the perpetrator or victim's age, sex, creed, or status Abuse Is Abusive! Behavior toward another person or other living thing, or often to oneself. All would be termed abuse if it causes hurt or harm.