Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse

In a previous article, we discussed the different types of elder abuse.
But, how can you know if the senior is being abused? What are warning signs and symptoms?

Let’s take a look.

Physical abuse:
  • Bruises, welts, or scars with no explanations
  • Broken bones, sprains or dislocations
  • Report of drug overdose or failure to take medication regularly
  • Broken glasses
  • Rope marks on wrists
  • Caregiver’s refusal for you to see them alone

Emotional abuse:
  • Threatening, belittling, controlling tactics and behavior
  • Mimicking behavior

Sexual abuse:
  •  Bruises around breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding

Neglect by caregivers:
  • Weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
  • Physical problems that have not been treated
  • Unsanitary living environment
  • Bad hygiene
  • Unsuitable clothing
  • Unsafe living conditions

Financial exploitation
  • Large withdrawls from bank account
  • Changes in financial situation
  • Items or cash missing Changes in wills, power of attorney, titles and policies
  • Addition of names to cards
  • Unpaid bills
  • Financial activity the senior couldn’t have done on its own, such as go to an ATM if they cannot drive anymore
  • Unnecessary purchases, services or subscriptions

Healthcare fraud and abuse:
  • Duplicate billing from doctor
  • Evidence of over or under medication


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