The holidays are a great time to catch up with family and friends. It is also a good time to check in on how elderly loved ones are doing. Make sure routine daily tasks are taken care of, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing. It’s also important to be vigilant against elder abuse which happens far more often than we might think.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 1 in 25 cases of financial exploitation are reported, according to a Metlife study. Elderly people may be reluctant to report abuse or exploitation due to shame, denial, fear of being placed in a nursing home, fear of retaliation, guilty feeling, fear the abuser will get in trouble. By knowing the signs, you can help prevent elder abuse.