Elder Abuse - One way to prevent it from happening

Old age is filled with challenges. Our bodies begin to slow down, our mind is often not so sharp, and our strength begins to fade away. We get more wrinkles, our sight and hearing get worse, and often our life becomes slower and less adventurous.

Everyone pretty much knows all of that, but there’s something that happens to a lot of old people that isn’t talked about enough. That’s elder abuse.

A lot of elderly people are abused. This tends to happen because, like children, they are now vulnerable.

There are 5 forms of abuse that elderly people face. Those forms of abuse are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, financial abuse and emotional abuse.

An international study said that 10% of elderly people experience some form of abuse in their lives. Some people believe it is much higher than that. Miss Walters, a woman who helps elderly people who have suffered abuse, says that, "The saddest thing in the world is a lot of the elderly have got nobody in the world, nobody to stand up for them and nobody to be there.”

When we get old, things can get lonely. We can become isolated and vulnerable.

Sadly, there have been too many instances where elderly people have found themselves belittled, neglected, mistreated and taken advantage of when they are in a rest home or in some form of assisted care. There are many more still who are never technically “abused” but who are rudely treated, ignored, or just sadly misunderstood.

One of the unexpected and wonderful benefits of the work that I do with Creative Text is that it gives me a chance to get someone excited about life. When I talk to someone’s older father or mother, and really get to the heart of something they care about, that person simply comes alive.

Caring about someone’s life and showing them that they are loved is probably the most precious gift we can ever give. 

Sadly, often elderly people don’t get that gift enough.

The best way to stop elderly abuse is to make sure that you know what is going on in the lives of your elderly relatives. To make sure they are in a safe environment, and that they are getting regular contact with people who are invested in them, who aren’t just there to hand them a tray of food or check their blood pressure.

The elderly people who are most vulnerable to abuse are those who are isolated from their families, who don’t have many people to rely on, who can be easily silenced and brushed aside. That’s why it is so important that we look after our elderly relatives and make sure they are valued.

 

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