As adults gradually advance in age become physically frailer, they are more likely to develop health conditions and cognitive problems such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc. And being less able to stand up to bullying and attacks at such an age, they are prone to becoming increasingly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. The worrying, unfortunate fact is that these victims are helpless old people who cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.
The number of older adults who are mistreated each year is close to an astounding 5 million and continually rising. Studies reveal that elder abuse is a common occurrence among community-dwelling older adults, being particularly prevalent among minority older adults. More often than not, elder abuse and neglect usually occurs within a relationship of trust, where the victim and the abuser are people who know each other well.
Often older adults with cognitive and physical impairments or psychosocial distress are at increased risk of elder abuse. The mistreatment of older adults can take many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. The harsh reality is that most elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care.
There is therefore a growing need for health professionals to seriously consider integrating routine screening of elder abuse in clinical practice, especially among high-risk populations. Although we can take comfort in that fact that new global review reveals a 14 percent elder abuse in India (the lowest in Asia) as against 36 percent in China, it is crucial to be aware about the warning signs of elder abuse, the risk factors, prevention, and reporting methods.
The rise of elder abuse and the societal inability to adequately protect the most vulnerable population is unfortunately being compounded by the increased risks for premature death, and psychosocial distress in the elderly. And you certainly don’t want that to happen to your loved ones. Having trusted and experienced professionals like Tribeca take care of your aging loved ones can make a huge difference.
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