- Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
July 29 2013
According to Florida State Statute 825.101, an "Elderly person" means a person 60 years of age or older who is suffering from the infirmities of aging as manifested by advanced age or organic brain damage, or other physical, mental, or emotional dysfunctioning, to the extent that the ability of the person to provide adequately for the person’s own care or protection is impaired.
Elder abuse can be difficult to discuss because the people doing the abuse are usually people the senior knows and trusts. It is often not reported because the senior is afraid of revenge by the abuser, is ashamed they cannot handle the abuse themselves or the senior is concerned with being labeled as too demanding or senile.
Here are some of the warning signs to look for.
Hitting, beating, pushing, sexual assault, forcing consumption of additional drugs, locking the senior in a room or house.
- unusual cuts, bruises, burns, bites
- poor personal hygiene
- untreated bed sores
- dirty clothing & linen
- emotional withdrawal
Yelling, use of harsh words, ignoring the senior, treating the senior like a child and not allowing the senior to speak to others.
- fear and anxiety
- refusal to speak in front of someone
- certain subjects will not be discussed
Not allowing the senior to spend money the way he/she wants; telling lies to get money or property from the senior; stealing money, jewelry or other possessions; forcing a senior to sell or give away property or sign Power of Attorney.
- belongings are missing
- sudden changes in senior's will
- signing of Power of Attorney without discussing with a lawyer
If you suspect elderly abuse, please don’t hesitate to call the Winter Garden Police Department at 407-656-3636. We are here to help.