World elder abuse day: Interventions for preventing abuse in the elderly

Abuse and neglect of older adults can take many forms: physical, psychological, sexual, or financial. Not all abuse cases are reported, and abuse tends to get worse over time, contributing to compromised physical and mental health for the individual being abused. Do you know how to identify potential signs of abuse? Do you know what to do if you suspect someone is being abused? A critical first step in treating abuse is understanding when it is happening. We have compiled some helpful resources to help you recognize abuse, better understand the risk factors and types of elder abuse, understand risks and benefits of interventions and more. Whether you are an older adult or caregiver, resources exist to help you deal with abuse. Do not hesitate to seek help from a health professional or social worker if you fear someone you know is being abused.

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