Elder abuse is a very real problem, and often goes unnoticed and unreported. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is because so many seniors are afraid or embarrassed to report it. In fact, one study from the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect indicates that for every single report of abuse, an additional five go unreported.
Here's what we do know: millions of seniors are victimized by elder abuse every year, and many of them are powerless to do anything about it. That's where you come in. Your vigilance offers protection to seniors while helping to put an end to this troubling phenomenon. Let's count down the common types of elder abuse, along with distinct signs for each type.
Emotional abuse does not always leave visible evidence.