What Is Elder Abuse?
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The abuse of older adults is everyone’s business. Seniors and community members need to be informed about elder abuse, be able to recognize the signs and be engaged in taking steps to prevent it. It’s important to remember that EVERYONE can help and has a role to play to prevent elder abuse.
Knowledge is the key to prevention… it is possible to prevent elder abuse. Specific prevention strategies may be required depending on the situation and type of abuse occurring.
There are many actions seniors and community members can take to prevent elder abuse. The following are some ACTIONS that can assist in the prevention of elder abuse.
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Caring for seniors is a rewarding experience. Caregiving can be demanding, when a caregiver becomes overwhelmed and does not have the coping skills and/or supports to care for their loved one, they may act in an abusive manner – most often not intentionally.
Everyone has a role in the prevention of elder abuse. Educating seniors, professionals, caregivers, and the public on abuse is critical to elder abuse prevention. The community can be engaged in taking active steps to assist seniors who are experiencing abuse or at-risk of abuse.