Abuse in later life comprises financial, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Perpetrators are people with whom the victim has an expectation of trust, particularly spouses, intimate partners, adult children, grandchildren, other family members, and non-related caregivers. Perpetrators typically, but not exclusively, abuse older adults in their places of residence.
Abuse in later life has a devastating impact on victims and can result in the loss of independence, security, life savings, health, dignity, and can be deadly. Research indicates that older adult victims of abuse have shorter lifespans than their peers who do not experience violence. Abuse in later life can cause both physical and psychological harm. Psychological harms associated with abuse in later life include depression, stress, helplessness, alienation, guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety.
Emotional abuse includes:
Physical abuse of an elder involved injury, assault or inappropriate restraint. Indicators include:
Elder sexual abuse is any non-consensual sexual contact:
Financial abuse includes, but is not limited to:
Now that you are more familiar with abuse in later life, here are 3 concrete steps towards change you can take today: