Types of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Elder Injuries

Elder Abuse Injuries

Elder injuries take many forms and include both mental and physical injuries.
  • Unexplained weight loss, malnutrition and/or dehydration.
  • Urinary tract infections, kidney failure, decreased level of consciousness.
  • Any physical injury such as areas painful on touching, fractures or broken bones.
  • Bruises and skin damage, bruises on the inner arm or thigh.
  • Bruises with shape similar to an object or thumb/finger prints (oval markings from fingers).
  • The presence of old and new bruises in the same place as from repeated injury or injuries in different stages of healing.
  • Scratches, cuts, pinch marks, choke marks, burns, welts, gag marks, sprains, punctures, bedsores, or fractures.
Behavioral Indicators of elder injuries include:
  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Defensiveness
  • Denial
  • Non responsiveness
  • Hesitation to talk openly
  • Anxiety
  • Implausible stories
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Fear
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Helplessness

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