For October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am continuing a series on the various abuses. Now, I will proceed with the next abuse: Elder Abuse.
According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_abuse, “elder abuse is a single, or repeated act of mistreatment or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
“The ‘expectation of trust’ is the key. It includes harms by those the older person knows or with whom they have a relationship, such as a spouse, partner or family member, a friend or neighbor, or people who the older person relies on for services.” So elder abuse is not a random act of criminal activity with strangers. It is done by those who the victims trusts…
“Though, there are several types, the main common denominator is the use of power and control by one individual to affect the well-being of an older individual. Some types of elder abuse include:
Physical–hitting, punching, slapping, burning, pushing, kicking, restraining, false, or giving excessive or improper medication
Psychological/Emotional–humiliating, name-calling, ridiculing, constantly criticizing, accusations, blaming, or non verbal forms such as ignoring, silence or shunning.
Financial abuse–illegal or unauthorized use of a person’s property, money, pension book or other valuables (including changing the person’s will to name the abuser as heir) by deception, coercion, misrepresentation, undue influence, or theft.
Scam by strangers– including fraudulent lotteries or purchases.
Sexual–forcing a person to take part in any sexual activity without his or her consent, including conversations of a sexual nature against their will; may also include situations where person is no longer able to give consent (dementia)
Neglect–depriving a person of food, heat, clothing or comfort or essential medication and depriving a person of needed services to force certain kinds of actions, financial and otherwise. The deprivation may be intentional (active neglect) or happen out of lack of knowledge or resources (passive neglect).
Abandonment–deserting a dependent person with the intent to leave them unattended at a place for such a time period as may be likely to endanger their health or welfare.
Institutional abuse refers to physical or psychological harms, as well as rights violations in settings where care and assistance is provided to dependant older adults or others.”
You see, there are so many abuses in this world. And just like a child should be protected and nurtured, an elder person should be protected and nurtured. The cycle of life begins as a child then eventually becomes an adult then becomes child-like again as we all get older. Everyone should be treated with kindness and respect. No one deserves to be abused.