Identifying Abuse

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If you are worried that your parents, grandparents, or other elderly loved ones are being taken advantage of or abused, there are a number of different indicators that you need to be aware of.   Elder abuse can come in a number of varying forms such as physical abuse, financial abuse, or even self-abuse, which includes an inability to care for one’s self. 

Physical abuse
Look for strange bruises or other similar types of markings. Remember that seniors who are susceptible to abuse will often have an unwillingness to talk about how they got those markings. It’s important to listen to what they are saying; do they seem to be trying to hide something?

Financial Abuse
Look for and discuss any strange transactions or unusual activity on credit card statements or bank accounts. Also keep a close eye on individuals who appear to suddenly enter your loved one’s lives .