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July 20, 2015

Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force Offers Safety Tips, Crisis numbers

The Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force, chaired by Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds with the help of many volunteers, is helping to bring awareness of elder abuse to the public.
For every one case of elder abuse that comes to the attention of a responsible entity, another 23 cases never come to light, according to the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study.
Beginning in 2012, Baby Boomers began turning age 65 at a rate of one every ten seconds or 10,000 per day.
Georgia has the 11th fastest-growing population of people age 60 plus.
By 2030, one in five will be over the age of 60.
Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult, taking place in many forms or a combination of those listed below:
Physical Abuse/Domestic Violence: the nonaccidental use of force that results in bodily injury, pain or impairment such as being slapped, burned, cut, bruised or improperly physically restrained.
Deprivation of Essential Services: the willful deprivation of social, medical, psychiatric or legal services such as the provision of medical or psychiatric care, assistance in personal hygiene, deprivation of food, clothing or adequately heated and ventilated shelter or protections from health and safety hazards in general.
Sexual Abuse: nonconsensual sexual contact of any kind such as forcing sexual contact or forcing sex with a third party.
Emotional Abuse: willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, intimidation or other abusive conduct such as frightening or isolating an adult.
Financial Exploitation: illegal or improper use of an adult's funds, property or resources by another individual such as fraud, false pretenses, embezzlement, conspiracy, forgery, falsifying records, coerced property transfers or denial of access to assets.
Neglect: the willful deprivation of health care, shelter or necessary sustenance to the extent that an older person's health or well-being is jeopardized - as defined by Georgia law.
Also, it is a crime to threaten, intimidate or attempt to intimidate any person cooperating with an elder abuse investigation, including the potential victim.
Elder abuse generally involves an ongoing relationship with an expectation of trust with power and control dynamics often present.
Several indicators of possible elder abuse are:
Victim Indicators
  • Shows unexplained or sudden changes in behavior
  • Is afraid to speak in the presence of the offender
  • Is isolated
  • Signs of being restrained
  • Infections, pain or bleeding in genital areas
  • Under- or over-medicated
  • Left in feces and/or urine
  • Important possessions, documents or credit cards are missing
Suspect Indicators
  • Provides conflicting explanations about the older adult's injuries
  • Isolates the older adult
  • Controls and dominates the older adult
  • Portrays self as the victim or the only caring person in the older adult's life
  • May be charming and helpful toward professionals
Environmental Indicators
  • Strong odors of urine and/or feces
  • Lack of food
  • Locks on outside of doors to keep older individual in a room
  • Damage to home caused by abusive behavior

SOURCE:    The AJC News

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