There are many types of elder abuse in New Jersey, but the most common is neglect. In addition to neglect, the different forms of elder abuse include abandonment, sexual abuse and emotional or psychological abuse. Understanding the different types of elder abuse can make it easier to recognize the signs.
What are the different types of elder abuse?
On average, elder abuse affects 50% of people who suffer from dementia. The adult may not be provided their basic needs while in the care of another individual or team and may lack food, hygiene or medicine. In many situations, elders are abused by loved ones when the individual is in the care of family members or friends. Two out of every three cases of elder abuse involve women.
Physical abuse is another form of elder abuse and often leads to bruises, broken bones and burns. You may notice the adult has a change in their mood or starts to suffer from depression. They may start to have poor hygiene or a change in their appearance. Over time, the abuse can develop into physical disabilities or cognitive decline. The individual may fail to receive the level of care and attention they need to remain healthy and thrive as they get older.
There may even be unusual activity with their finances or bank account. Approximately 5.2% of elders become victims of financial exploitation from a family member.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
You can reach out to an attorney if you suspect someone is suffering from elder abuse. A legal professional can inform you of the elder’s rights and will evaluate the details of the situation. They can help you navigate the legal system and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.