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Elder abuse targets some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens. An estimated 5 million senior citizens are victims of elder abuse each year, harming our elderly family members and friends in ways that may cost them their financial security, their dignity, or even their lives. Many cases go unreported because, for some seniors, this type of abuse comes with a profound sense of shame. Others are not physically or cognitively able to report their abuse. Unfortunately, elders face three main types of abuse all too commonly:
Elder abuse has negative physical and emotional effects on senior citizens, often causing fearfulness, and anxiety. The elderly typically require care which makes them vulnerable to these types of abuses.
Elders may not be as savvy about the dangers of giving out personal and financial information over the phone or the internet compared to younger adults. This makes them a target for scammers. Plus, even the slight cognitive decline in elders as well as their more fragile physical state puts them at risk of financial exploitation from ill-meaning family members and acquaintances. Look for the following signs of senior citizen financial abuse:
Signs of an elderly loved one experiencing physical abuse may be the following:
Verbal abuse doesn’t leave visible scars but can be just as damaging to emotions. Signs of verbal abuse may include:
Signs of caregiver neglect in nursing homes or during at-home care may include:
If you suspect an elderly family member or friend is suffering elder abuse of any kind there are resources to turn to for help. Arizona Adult Protective Services and the Aging Network work together with the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to help prevent elder abuse and help elders out of dangerous situations. There are many other resources for preventing elder abuse including the following:
It’s important to report acts of injustice or violence against our country’s population of aging adults. If your loved one was neglected, abused, or exploited, you can contact an Arizona elder abuse attorney specializing in elder justice. Not only does this help restore an elder’s dignity and peace of mind, but may also help secure financial compensation for the wrongs and injuries they’ve suffered.
The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.