June 13, 2011

Concerned friends and family can intervene or watch for warning signs that might indicate elder abuse. If abuse is suspected, report it. Preventing elder abuse means doing three things:

  • Listening to seniors and their caregivers
  • Intervening when you suspect elder abuse
  • Educating others about how to recognize and report elder abuse

Think logically about day to day life and what could trigger mood swings or cause stress. For example, look at the senior’s medications. Does the amount in the vial jive with the date of the prescription? Finally, this simplest of gestures can be one of the most impactful. Call and visit often. By establishing trust and consistency, you will be more likely to notice when something is off. Offer to stay with the senior so the caregiver can have a break — on a regular basis.