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Signs of Mental Elder Abuse to Look For

When you trust other people to look out for your elderly loved one, it’s crucial to ensure they are safe from harm. Unfortunately, many caretakers use their position of power and mentally abuse the elderly people they are supposed to care for. Here are some of the signs you should look for that could identify mental elder abuse.

Changes In Behavior

Your loved one may act much differently than you’re used to, often exhibiting signs of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. They may seem distant, looking out away from eye contact or acting aggressively toward you and other family members. Pay close attention to how they act during visits.


An elderly person who experiences mental elder abuse may isolate themselves from other residents in their facility, staff members, and family members. They may avoid coming out to visit when it’s time, and they may avoid activities. It can also impact their eating habits.


You may notice that your loved one is more afraid of you or other people they interact with on a daily basis. It may have nothing to do with you at all; rather, their reactions can be the result of someone else’s actions against your loved one. The triggers from the trauma can cause your loved one to act out.

Physical Health Changes

Emotional abuse can also impact your loved one’s physical health. They may not eat as they should to stay nourished. They may also have trouble sleeping, so they’re fatigued more often. If your loved one is losing weight or is always tired, be sure to talk to them about what may be going on.

If your loved one suffers harm in a nursing home or other elderly care facility, know that Ford, Dean & Rotundo, PA. is here to help you. Our Florida elder abuse lawyers care about protecting you and your family when you need it, and we will go above and beyond to help you seek justice.

Call our firm today at (305) 670-2000 for a free consultation.