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WESTERN CULTURE TREATS THEIR ELDERS LIKE TRASH! | LANCESCURV

Elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that cause harm or risk of harm to an older adult. This abuse can take various forms, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual, or neglectful actions. Elder abuse is a serious and widespread problem affecting a vulnerable segment of the population.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” It can occur in various settings, including homes, long-term care facilities, or within communities.

Key forms of elder abuse include:

  1. Physical Abuse: Inflicting physical pain or injury, such as hitting, slapping, or restraining.
  2. Emotional or Psychological Abuse: Causing emotional pain or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts, such as threats, humiliation, or isolation.
  3. Financial Abuse: Exploiting or misusing an elderly person’s funds, property, or assets for personal gain.
  4. Sexual Abuse: Involving non-consensual sexual contact or exploitation of an older adult.
  5. Neglect: Failing to provide adequate care, leading to harm or endangerment of an older person’s well-being.
  6. Abandonment: Deserting an elderly person who requires care and support.

Elder abuse can have severe consequences on the physical and mental health of older individuals. Victims of elder abuse may experience increased vulnerability due to factors such as physical frailty, cognitive impairment, social isolation, or dependence on others for care.

It is essential to raise awareness about elder abuse, recognize the signs, and take action to prevent and address instances of abuse. Reporting suspicions of elder abuse to appropriate authorities, such as adult protective services or law enforcement, is crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of older adults.

Elder abuse can take various forms, and it’s essential to be aware of the signs to help prevent and address these situations. Here are different categories of elder abuse along with details on how they may be executed, as well as signs to watch for:

  1. Physical Elder Abuse:
    • Execution: Involves physical harm, such as hitting, slapping, pushing, or any form of force causing injury.
    • Signs:
      • Unexplained injuries, bruises, fractures.
      • Fear or withdrawal from physical contact.
      • Conflicting or vague explanations about injuries.
  2. Financial Elder Abuse:
    • Execution: Involves unauthorized use of an elder’s financial resources or manipulation for personal gain.
    • Signs:
      • Unusual bank withdrawals or transfers.
      • Changes in financial documents, wills, or power of attorney.
      • Sudden, unexplained loss of assets or funds.
  3. Emotional/Psychological Elder Abuse:
    • Execution: Inflicts mental anguish through threats, humiliation, or isolation.
    • Signs:
      • Unexplained changes in behavior or personality.
      • Withdrawal from social activities.
      • Emotional distress, depression, or anxiety.
  4. Neglect:
    • Execution: Failure to provide necessary care, leading to harm or discomfort.
    • Signs:
      • Poor hygiene, unsuitable living conditions.
      • Untreated health problems.
      • Malnutrition or dehydration.
  5. Sexual Elder Abuse:
    • Execution: Involves non-consensual sexual contact, coercion, or exploitation of an elder.
    • Signs:
      • Unexplained sexually transmitted infections.
      • Bruises or injuries in genital areas.
      • Signs of emotional distress.
  6. Isolation:
    • Execution: Restricts the elderly person’s social interactions intentionally.
    • Signs:
      • Limited contact with family or friends.
      • Unexplained changes in social habits.
      • Lack of access to phone or communication devices.
  7. Healthcare Fraud and Abuse:
    • Execution: Involves overmedication, unnecessary medical procedures, or withholding medical care.
    • Signs:
      • Changes in medication without explanation.
      • Inconsistent medical records.
      • Delay in seeking medical attention for obvious health issues.
  8. Abandonment:
    • Execution: Deserting an elderly person who requires care and support.
    • Signs:
      • Desertion in a public place.
      • Lack of basic needs being met.
      • Evidence of being left alone for extended periods.
  9. Spiritual or Cultural Abuse:
    • Execution: Involves restricting or manipulating an elder’s religious or cultural practices.
    • Signs:
      • Forced abandonment of religious or cultural beliefs.
      • Coercion to engage in practices against personal beliefs.
      • Emotional distress related to spiritual or cultural issues.
  10. Rights Violation:
    • Execution: Infringement upon an elder’s legal and civil rights.
    • Signs:
      • Restriction of freedom.
      • Unlawful use of restraints.
      • Coercion to sign legal documents.

It’s crucial to remain vigilant and report any suspicions of elder abuse to appropriate authorities. If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, contact local adult protective services, law enforcement, or the National Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-677-1116.

WESTERN CULTURE TREATS THEIR ELDERS LIKE TRASH! | LANCESCURV

Cat’s in the Cradle | Song by Harry Chapin
My child arrived just the other dayHe came to the world in the usual wayBut there were planes to catch, and bills to payHe learned to walk while I was awayAnd he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grewHe’d say “I’m gonna be like you, dad”“You know I’m gonna be like you”
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoonLittle boy blue and the man in the moon“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when”But we’ll get together thenYou know we’ll have a good time then
My son turned ten just the other dayHe said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s playCan you teach me to throw, I said-a, not todayI got a lot to do, he said, that’s okayAnd he, he walked away, but his smile never dimmedIt said, I’m gonna be like him, yeahYou know I’m gonna be like him
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoonLittle boy blue and the man in the moon“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when”But we’ll get together thenYou know we’ll have a good time then
Well, he came from college just the other daySo much like a man I just had to saySon, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?He shook his head, and they said with a smileWhat I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keysSee you later, can I have them please?
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoonLittle boy blue and the man in the moon“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when”But we’ll get together then, dadYou know we’ll have a good time then
I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved awayI called him up just the other dayI said, I’d like to see you if you don’t mindHe said, I’d love to, dad, if I can find the timeYou see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kids have the fluBut it’s sure nice talking to you, dadIt’s been sure nice talking to youAnd as I hung up the phone, it occurred to meHe’d grown up just like meMy boy was just like me
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoonLittle boy blue and the man in the moon“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when”But we’ll get together then, dadWe’re gonna have a good time then

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