Elder Abuse 1

Monday, December 19, 2011

Elder abuse is a general term used to describe certain types of harm to older adults. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at elder abuse.

Dr. Hill:

Elder abuse refers to the mistreatment of an older adult that threatens his or her health or safety. Although the abuse may be caused by a person who is in a position of trust, such as a family member or paid assistant, it also may be self-inflicted. In cases of self-neglect, an older person is unable to provide for his or her own needs.

Elder abuse may result in depression, broken bones, sores, bruises and death. Because persons experiencing elder abuse are often unable to seek help, friends, family, or physicians may be in the best position to recognize and respond to an abusive situation.

There are several types of elder abuse:

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

Emotional abuse, such as yelling or verbal threats

Caregiver neglectrefusal or failure to fulfill caregiver obligations to meet basic needs, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care

Self-neglect, and

Financial exploitation

Join me tomorrow when we discuss more about elder abuse. For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.