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The elderly population keeps growing in Florida

The odds of elder abuse in Florida keep going up, if only for the reason that the elderly population is growing. Florida is a very popular destination for the elderly, and many of them need -- or will need -- care and assistance of one sort or another. These dependent relationships make them vulnerable to abuse.

Neglect is unacceptable, but there is help available

You were surprised when your mom called you from the assisted living facility. You live far enough away that you don't visit often, but she normally waited for you to call. You had a regular schedule of calls that you placed to make sure she heard from you and that you could check in with her.

Verbal abuse activates same brain circuits as physical abuse

Elder abuse takes many forms. Some abuse is physical, while other instances of abuse are verbal. Traditionally, many people have brushed off verbal abuse as being less important than physical abuse. However, studies of the human brain have shown that they're actually very similar.

Independence is still the goal of assisted living

An assisted living center provides a different type of care than a nursing home. It focuses on giving each resident the exact type of help they need. Often, these are people who are still in relatively good health, but who simply do not feel it is safe or practical to live at home -- perhaps after the death of a spouse.

3 risk factors for elder abuse

Florida is known for its great beaches and sunshine. It is no wonder that many seniors decide to retire there. Unfortunately for the aging population, Florida is notorious for elder abuse in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, especially the disaster following Hurricane Irma in 2017 that led to 12 deaths

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