Abuse not only can happen within the family, but it can also happen in hospitals, nursing homes and the community. The abuse may involve physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, or taking or misusing an elderly person’s money or property. Although these forms of abuse may seem pretty straightforward, the signs and symptoms of elder abuse are often hidden. Many overlap with symptoms of mental deterioration and could be hard to recognize as potential abuse symptoms. Follow this link to learn how to recognize cases of abuse.