“Elder Abuse is any action, or deliberate inaction, by a person in position of trust which causes harm to an older person. The abuser can be a spouse, child, family member, friend or paid caregiver. “
World Health Organization, 2002
- Physical Abuse
- Any act of violence or rough handling that may or may not result in physical injury but causes physical discomfort or pain.
- Financial Abuse
- Any improper conduct, done with or without the informed consent of the older adult, that results in a monetary or personal gain to the abuser and/or monetary or personal loss for the older adult.
- Not meeting the basic needs of an older person.
- Active Neglect
- deliberate withholding of care or the basic necessities of life.
- Passive Neglect
- failure to provide proper care due to lack of knowledge, experience or ability.
- Sexual Abuse
- Any sexual behavior directed toward an older adult without that person’s full knowledge and consent.
- Violation of Rights
- Denial of a person’s rights as set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and Provincial Legislation
- Emotional/Psychological Abuse
- Any action, verbal or non-verbal, that lessens a person’s sense of identity, dignity and self-worth.
Possible Signs of Abuse
- Unexplained Injuries
- Unusual legal activity related to will or other documents
- Unnecessary purchases to the home or property and unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, personal bank statements and credit cards are missing
- Lack of food, clothing or other necessities, poor hygiene ̈ Unexplained weight loss
- Depression, anxiety, fear
If you or someone you know is in danger, call 911