- Emotional abuse ‐ Verbal attacks, threats, rejection, isolation, or belittling acts that cause or could cause mental anguish, pain, or distress to a senior
- Sexual abuse ‐ Sexual contact that is forced, tricked, threatened, or otherwise coerced upon a vulnerable elder, including anyone who is unable to grant consent
- Exploitation ‐ Theft, fraud, misuse or neglect of authority, and use of undue influence as a lever to gain control over an older person’s money or property
- Neglect ‐ A caregiver’s failure or refusal to provide for a vulnerable elder’s safety, physical, or emotional needs
- Abandonment ‐ Desertion of a frail or vulnerable elder by anyone with a duty of care
- Research shows that elders who have been abused are more likely to die earlier than those not living with abuse, even in the absence of chronic or life-threatening conditions.
- Several studies show that the rates of elder abuse rise as the age of the victims rises.
- About 48 percent of substantiated cases of abuse involve older adults who are not physically able to care for themselves.
- Elder sexual abuse consists of non-consensual sexual contact of any kind including non-physical contact such as forced viewing of pornography, forced listening of sexual accounts, and sexual exploitation.
- Victims of elder sexual abuse are most often females over 70 years of age who are totally dependent or functioning at a low level.
- If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911.
- Report your concerns – remember, most cases of elder abuse go undetected - don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. To report suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in Florida:
- (800) 962-2873 (For suspected elder mistreatment in the home).
- (800) 453-5145 (For suspected elder mistreatment in the home, TDD/TTY access).
- (888) 831-0404 (For suspected elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities).
- For other states’ reporting numbers, visit the National Coalition on Elder Abuse website or call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677‐1116.
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