Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Older people can experience physical, psychological and financial abuse and/or neglect by spouses and partners, caregivers, including adult children, and others.

The following signs and symptoms may indicate that an older adult is being victimized or neglected:

  • fear, anxiety, depression or passivity in relation to a family member, friend or care provider
  • unexplained physical injuries
  • dehydration, poor nutrition or poor hygiene
  • improper use of medication
  • confusion about new legal documents, such as a new will or a new mortgage
  • sudden drop in cash flow or financial holdings
  • reluctance to speak about the situation
Note on Sources

Adapted from Seniors Canada, Elder Abuse: It's Time to Face the Reality

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