Elder abuse is a problem that is pervasive in America. Many people who suffer from it do so as a result of being unable to recognize the abuse or being unable to report it. Some live in isolation. Some elderly people actually abuse themselves.

If you have a loved one living alone and receiving home care or living in a nursing home, there is still the potential for abuse. While abuse is typically considered a physical issue, abuse comes in a number of other forms, including:

  • Economic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Abandonment

Each kind of abuse has its own warning signs that people should be aware of. For instance, did you know that strained relationships and unusual depression could be a sign of more than just aging or mental health concerns? These signs could be symptoms of physical abuse or neglect.

For instance, if a person isn’t getting enough to eat because of neglect, they may become lethargic and depressed. Similarly, someone left without care for a period may become lonely, depressed and anxious.

One problem with elder abuse is that it’s often silent. Many elderly people are unable to say that they’re suffering. Others don’t want to admit to suffering because of their inability to fight back or stand up for themselves.

As the family member of a person who is aging, it is your responsibility to monitor their care and make sure they get all they need as they age. It’s possible to help your loved one avoid abuse, no matter what physical or mental state they’re in.