Elder Abuse is the mistreatment of an elderly person by someone known to a senior. This includes financial abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Because family or close friends are often the culprits, this abuse is often difficult to discover and accept.
TIPS FOR RECOGNIZING ABUSE
- The mismanagement of money, property, and other assets belonging to a senior is financial abuse. Anyone having access to your personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit cards, checkbooks, etc. can potentially steal from you. Be careful whom you trust.
- The infliction of bodily injuries on an elderly person is physical abuse. Seniors and their loved ones should immediately report physical abuse to the police by calling 911.
- Emotional abuse is the use of verbal threats and intimidation, humiliation, or isolation and causes mental and emotional trauma. Verbally threatening and abusive treatment is not acceptable behavior, even if carried out by a son, daughter or family friend.
- Neglect is the failure by a caregiver to provide a senior with basic needs. This includes food, shelter, medical assistance, heat or air conditioning. Such neglect should be reported. Be mindful of giving an adult child with a history of emotional or criminal problems too much control over money or your life.
If you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse, there is help available. Call the White Plains Police Department at 422-6111, the Westchester County Adult Protective Services at 914-995-5411 or Victim's Assistance Services at 914-995-3347 or their 24-hour hotline at 914-345-9111.