Education is a critical tool in the prevention of elder abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse identifies the following types of elder abuse:
PHYSICAL – Use of force to threaten that may result in injury, pain or impairment
Bruises, black eyes, welts
Open wounds, cuts, punctures,
Caregiver’s refusal to allow
visitors to see an elder alone
FINANCIAL – Improper use of an elder’s funds, property or assets.
Sudden changes in bank
account, including an
unexplained withdrawal of
large sums of money
Additional names on an elder’s
bank signature card
Abrupt changes in a will
Unexplained disappearance of
EMOTIONAL – Verbal attacks, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation; isolating an elderly person from family and friends
Emotionally upset or agitated
Unusual behavior typically
attributed to dementia
SEXUAL ABUSE – Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person.
Bruises around the breasts or genital area
disease or genital infections
Torn or bloody under clothing
NEGLECT – Failure or refusal to provide for an older person’s safety, physical or emotional needs
Malnutrition, untreated bed sores,
poor personal hygiene
Untreated health problems
Unclean or unsafe living
ABANDONMENT – Desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for an elder.
Desertion of an elder at a hospital, nursing facility or similar institute, or at a shopping center or other public location
How to report abuse
To report suspected abuse in a nursing home, call Cheryl Senkbeil at MAC at 410-742-0505, Ext. 104
To report suspected abuse taking place in other community settings, call Adult Protective Services in your county.