What is considered elder abuse?
Abuse of an elder may include:
Physical Abuse—inflicting physical pain or injury to an elderly person such as slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical force or sedative medications.
Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual conduct of any kind.
Neglect/Abandonment—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection to a vulnerable elder.
Exploitation—illegally taking, misusing, or concealing the elder’s money or property for personal gain.
Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental anguish or distress on an elderly person through verbal or nonverbal acts such as humiliation, intimidation, or threatening.