Elder Abuse and Neglect

This article on Elder Abuse & Neglect is the best I’ve come across on this taboo subject. Public and professional education is essential for its detection and prevention. This article does a terrific job. Many among us are unaware that elder abuse is a serious problem. In it you’ll learn about typical rackets that target elders; how unethical medical professionals and institutions practice fraud against elders; how the very people elders trust can exploit them. You’ll learn how to recognize signs of physical abuse in an elderly person. You’ll learn which elders are most likely to be abused. You’ll learn how to report suspected elder abuse, and much more.

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Help

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/elder_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm Eating fish, chicken, olive oil and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids while staying away from meats and dairy — the so-called Mediterranean diet — may help older adults keep their memory and thinking skills sharp, a large new U.S. study suggests. “Greater adherence to Mediterranean diet was associated with lower risk of incident cognitive impairment in this large population-based study,” said lead researcher Dr. Georgios Tsivgoulis, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as the University of Athens, in Greece.

This article is comprehensive in that it defines Elder Abuse and discusses all its aspects: physical, emotional, sexual, neglect/abandonment, financial exploitation, and tells how medical institutions and personnel exploit the elderly. It lays out signs and symptoms of this hidden problem, which often defies detection by the uninitiated, and discusses risk factors. This article tells how to report it and, finally, how to prevent it. Perhaps most important, it offers help to the caregiver as a preventive measure, and tips for a concerned friend or family member, and ways to protect yourself as an elder. It tells how to report elder abuse: “As difficult as reporting elder abuse can be, it’s important for you to stand up for an older adult in an abusive situation. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference and please share it with friends and family to help educate them on Elder Abuse & Neglect.



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