Elder Abuse

As older adults we can sometimes become more of a target to some people. But staying educated and having people you can reach out to can help prevent you falling victim to Elder Abuse. 

Elder abuse is any action by someone in a relationship of trust that results in harm or distress to an older person. Neglect is a lack of action by that person in a relationship of trust with the same result. Commonly recognized types of elder abuse include physical, psychological and financial. Often, more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. Abuse can be a single incident or a repeated pattern of behavior.

Financial abuse is the most commonly reported type of elder abuse.

Often the person being abused knows and trusts the person abusing them; therefore it is extremely important to recognize the signs. It can be very hard to detect but some of the following symptoms may indicate that an older adult is being abused in one way or another.

  • fear, anxiety, depression or passiveness in relation to a family member, friend or care provider;
  • unexplained physical injuries;
  • dehydration, poor nutrition or poor hygiene;
  • improper use of medication;
  • confusion about new legal documents, such as a new will or a new mortgage;
  • sudden drop in cash flow or financial holdings; and
  • reluctance to speak about the situation.

If you or someone you know is being abused or neglected, help is available. Whoever you are—a concerned bystander, an overwhelmed caregiver, or a person experiencing abuse—you can take the first step now to get the support you need facing the reality. In BC you can call 2-1-1 and all information shared will be kept confidential.

Remember…

You have a right to be treated with respect.

You have a right to be safe.

You have a right to make your own choices.

At Whitevalley Community Resource Centre we can be a safe place to talk about something that isn’t right, and help get things going in the right direction. 1-250-547-886

A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Colleen or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.

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