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Canada: How to Recognize Signs of Elder Abuse

By Stephanie Erickson on 07/22/2015.

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Elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help. Abuse is often perpetrated by someone who is close to the victim, such as a spouse, son or daughter, other family member, caregiver, friend, or neighbour. It can also be done at the hands of a nurse, orderly or other staff in a long-term care facility, or even a telemarketer or door-to-door salesperson.

There are different types of elder abuse, namely: financial abuse or exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse, and physical abuse.

Each of these may occur separately, or together with other types.

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Some warning signs that financial abuse might be occurring are: 

1. Considerable sums being withdrawn from the senior’s bank account;
2. Suspicious modifications made to powers of attorney, mandates or wills;
3. Superfluous purchases of items or services;
4. Cash or belongings disappearing from the senior’s home.

To read the complete article by Stephanie Erickson on HuffPost Living Canada click on the link below.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

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