Updated March 4, 2020
Elder abuse can fall into several categories, including physical, financial, or sexual, and if you have an elderly loved one, you need to know the warning signs to help protect them.
The most difficult type of elder abuse to identify is, arguably, emotional abuse, because there are usually no physical indicators that the abuse has occurred. Nevertheless, emotional abuse can leave lasting psychological scars on elders.
Emotional abuse of the elderly can be described as any emotional pain or psychological distress perpetrated against an elder. This abuse can be intentional or unintentional, and it can cause fear, mental anguish, and other issues.
Verbal emotional abuse is characterized by harassment, yelling, or manipulation. It can look like any combination of the following:
This type of emotional elder abuse can be easy to spot if you are in the vicinity and can hear the remarks.
Nonverbal abuse, on the other hand, can make elders feel helpless, fearful, or isolated:
Nonverbal emotional abuse is just as serious as verbal emotional abuse.
Elder abuse can be hard to spot. Keep these indicators in mind:
If you suspect abuse of any kind, file a report and contact an attorney.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being abused or neglected, contact the Indianapolis Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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