Elder and Incapacitated Adult Abuse

Each year, many elders and younger adults who are incapacitated are victims of mistreatment by family members, by persons who are responsible for their care, and by others. The term “abuse” is used to describe the act of intentionally hurting someone. Abuse can take many forms. It may be sexual abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse, or confinement. Abuse may involve physical violence or the deliberate neglect by a caregiver of the medical, health, and nutritional needs of a vulnerable person. The article includes information on signs of abuse and preventing and reporting abuse.

Last Review and Update: Jul 08, 2013
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