There are various other types of abuse that are being recognized such as medication abuse and spiritual abuse. All types of abuse or neglect hurt the older person.
Elder abuse can happen to any older adult. In fact, contrary to commonly held beliefs, most victims of elder abuse are mentally competent and do not require constant care. Elder abuse usually occurs in situations where the victim of the abuse is dependent on the abuser in some way.
Elder abuse can be caused by family members, friends, staff or any individual in a position of trust and authority. Most elder abuse is caused by a family member of the victim.
Sometimes people know or suspect that a friend, family member, neighbour or acquaintance is being mistreated or abused and they are not sure what to do. They worry about getting involved, not saying the right thing or wrongly identifying the situation. If you know or suspect someone is being abused, make the effort to reach out to the person and talk to them. Ask things like :
How are you doing?
Are you having any trouble at home? Can I help you?
Is there someone I can put you in touch with who may be able to help you?
How would you like to be assisted?
In an emergency, contact 911 or your local police, ambulance or _re service.
1-888-310-1122 (24 hour toll-free)
or in Toronto 416-314-7511
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