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How can you help a loved one dealing with long-term abuse?

Elder abuse is one of the problems that the elderly may face when they're in the care of others. In the short-term, abuse might lead to small injuries or symptoms like dehydration or a change in behavior. However, as time goes on, the impact of long-term abuse becomes much more apparent.

Control is often the real goal of emotional abuse

Has your loved one suffered emotional abuse in a nursing home? Perhaps it never went beyond that, or maybe the emotional abuse was just the first step, and it then turned into financial or physical abuse as well. Regardless, you may find yourself wondering why it happened. Why would a staff member do such a thing?

Frailty impacts seniors in many ways

Do you ever feel like your elderly loved one -- an aging parent, perhaps -- is simply more frail than they used to be? You can't put your finger on a specific issue or a disorder, but you know what you see. They appear frail and at a high risk for injury. You worry about things that didn't seem like a big deal before, such as a simple fall in the kitchen.

4 tips to help avoid financial abuse

The elderly are fairly vulnerable when they are getting assistance from caregivers. They depend on these people. The unfortunate reality is that caregivers may attempt to take advantage of the situation for their own financial gain. It's important to know what signs to look for and what scams tend to target the elderly.

Verbal abuse often involves lies

It is very important to remember that people in a position of dependency can face more than just physical abuse issues. They may also suffer from verbal abuse, which can have a drastic impact on their mental and emotional health. Some experts even go so far as to say it leads to "mental anguish."

Elderly outbursts and resident-staff relationships

In many cases, senior citizens suffer from mood swings that can lead to angry outbursts. These can happen for a variety of reasons. For instance, if someone has dementia and struggles to remember where they are and what's going on, they can get frustrated by their own confusion.

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