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What Factors Make Older People More Vulnerable to Elder Abuse?

Cognitive issues, dementia and the fact that they have a difficult time getting around make them more vulnerable for elder abuse. For example, dementia could make them a target for financial abuse because a trusted caregiver would be able to get sensitive financial information from the elderly person.

When seniors are homebound, they do not always have an opportunity to talk to people other than their caregivers about their concerns. Isolation plays a big part in cases like this when they don’t have the support network that others may have.

What are the warning signs of elder abuse or elder neglect?

When you are looking for signs of neglect, there are clear signals: whether the person appears hungry, or is unkempt or unclean, or shows signs that they are distrustful of the caregiver.

There are sometimes more obvious signs of bruising and illness. Other times, it is just a general feeling or the individual’s personality changes. For instance, they might be nervous around the caretaker or unwilling to do certain activities when the caretaker is involved.