Who Abuses Older People?
In the community, most
elder abuse is caused by a family member. This
family member is often dependent on the victim
for money or a place to live. Abuse sometimes
happens because the abuser can no longer handle
the stress of looking after the older person.
Usually, it happens because of psychological and
institutions are likely to be frustrated staff
members who are not able to do their job
properly. Sometimes this is because of poor
in-service training or because of over-work and
under-staffing. Theft and battery can happen in
institutions, but most abuse takes the form of
neglect, poor care, and a lack of respect for
Are The Victims Of Elder Abuse?
victims of elder abuse in the community are
mentally competent and do not need constant care.
But those who have mental or physical
disabilities are especially vulnerable. Abuse can
happen to any older person, but the greatest
physical harm is often done to women. Some older
people are the victims of battery by their
husband or wife. Isolation and abuse go
hand-in-hand. Most abused older people are
isolated from their friends, neighbors, and other
family members. Often the abuser will not let
anyone visit or talk to the victim.