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Elder abuse is the mistreatment of an older person. It can be physical abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect. The person who does it may be a caregiver, a family member, a spouse, or a friend.
Elder abuse can include:
Signs of elder abuse depend on the type of abuse.
Signs that an older person is the victim of violence may include:
Signs of possible sexual abuse include:
Emotional or psychological abuse is possible if the older person:
Signs of neglect may include:
Signs of abandonment include leaving an older person at a hospital, nursing facility, shopping centre, or other public location.
Signs of financial abuse include:
Elder abuse is a complex problem, and many things can contribute to it. Risk factors include:
If you are worried that someone you know might be a victim of elder abuse, talk to your doctor. Ask the doctor what to look for, what the risks are, and what help is available.
To report elder abuse or to get help, contact your provincial health authority.
For more information on elder abuse in Alberta, visit the following websites:
Adaptation Date: 11/30/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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