May 28, 2020
If you suspect elder abuse, call 1-800-392-0210 or report online here: https://apps4.mo.gov/APS_Portal/
Elder abuse is a rampant problem, affecting an estimated 16% of adults age 60 or older, but these numbers are lower than the actual average, as elder abuse, like many other forms of abuse, is wildly underreported.
So what is elder abuse? Elder abuse is intentional harm or neglect that adversely affects a vulnerable adult. This abuse is typically divided into five categories: physical, sexual, neglect, psychological, and financial.
Elder abuse is often perpetrated by a trusted person in the older adult’s life. This could be a caregiver, relative, or friend. The victim is then faced with the dilemma of whether to report the actions of this trusted individual who has abused them. Fear of retaliation, worry that if the abuse is from a caregiver, the victim will end up in a long term care community, and anguish about how this abuse will affect their family all contributes to older adults not reporting abuse.
Because this abuse is underreported by victims and sometimes institutions designed to care for older adults, it is imperative that we, as loved ones, advocates, and concerned persons recognize the signs of abuse. These signs include bruises, sores, broken bones, bedsores, weight loss, unkempt hygiene, depression, unusual purchases, bills not being paid, and not keeping appointments.
If elder abuse is suspected, report it immediately to 1-800-392-0210 or report online here: https://apps4.mo.gov/APS_Portal/
For more information on elder abuse, please visit our elder abuse resource page.
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