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Home Lists 33 Signs of Elder Abuse

33 Signs of Elder Abuse

  1. Changes in appetite.
  2. Increased need to seek approval or permission.
  3. Untreated illness or injury.
  4. Flinching or cowering in presence of caregiver.
  5. Extreme fearfulness or unusual suspiciousness.
  6. Malnourished or dehydrated.
  7. Caregiver resisting visitation by others.
  8. Onset or presence of depression.
  9. Changing wills, policies, powers of attorney, bank accounts to someone else’s gain.
  10. Frequent sleepiness or confusion or changes in sleep patterns.
  11. Disorderly, uncleanly or unsafe environment.
  12. Gradual or abrupt financial deterioration unrelated to basic needs.
  13. Pressure marks or sore, open wounds, tooth decay, abrasions, or burns.
  14. Stealing or selling household goods or personal possessions.
  15. Chronic or unexplained infections.
  16. Failing to provide proper, timely nutrition or hydration.
  17. Inappropriate or sudden redistribution or assignment of assets.
  18. Home lacks basic necessities.
  19. Extreme weight loss.
  20. Upset, agitated, non-communicative or non-responsive.
  21. Identity theft, forging signatures or added names on signature cards.
  22. Overmedicating, undermedicating and medication tampering.
  23. Inadequate clothing or wearing same clothing.
  24. Confinement, desertion or abandonment.
  25. Restraint by physical or chemical means.
  26. Lack of hygiene, being left dirty or unbathed.
  27. Accounting practices which cause loss of supplemental income or assistance.
  28. Broken glasses, frames, or other signs of disturbance.
  29. Falls, fractures, dislocations or unusual bruising without feasible explanation.
  30. Intimidation, humiliation, threats, ridicule and belittling.
  31. Exploitation or misuse of personal funds, checking accounts.
  32. Bruising or bleeding around breasts, genital or rectal areas.
  33. Isolating from friends, family or activities.