Work together to end elder abuse
Abuse and acts of violence against seniors are serious human rights infringements, which afflict all societies throughout the world.
The abuse of seniors can come in many different forms. Whether we’re talking about physical violence, psychological or emotional violence, sexual abuse, neglect or financial abuse, all are reprehensible acts which must be punished. And let’s not deceive ourselves: violence against seniors is present in all levels of society, rich or poor, rural or urban. Abuse can occur in any relationship where there is a bond of trust or of authority between the aggressor and the victim. The aggressor is usually a member of the family, a spouse, a child, a brother or a sister, but could also be a neighbour or an employee of the establishment where the victim lives.
How can you tell if a senior you know is a victim of abuse? By looking for certain signs. Elders who are victims of violence or neglect tend to show signs of depression or of anxiety and can become more passive, docile and socially isolated. If you suspect that a senior is a victim of abuse, talk to him or her, don’t judge them and believe what they tell you. Afterwards, find out what resources are available to help this person and encourage them to ask for help.
Elder abuse and violence are serious human rights infringements. Elders who are victims of violence or neglect tend to show signs of depression or of anxiety and can become more passive, docile and socially isolated.