Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spotting the signs of elder abuse

About one in 10 older adults is estimated to have experienced elder abuse, which can include physical, verbal, sexual and psychological mistreatment, along with neglect and financial exploitation, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Much of that abuse goes unnoticed by friends, family members and even emergency room doctors.
One new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that elder abuse was diagnosed in just one in 7,700 ER visits by older adults — a number that shows the problem often goes undocumented.