Unfortunately, as populations across the world become older, the amount of abuse experienced by those older populations will increase. It’s important to be aware of the specific kind of abuse that elderly people can be subjugated to. Thanks to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th), which has existed for 11 years, attempts to inform the entire world of this growing problem has become more mainstream. However, it’s still not recognized and addressed as often as it should be. At Peak Behavioral Health, we intend to help the Santa Teresa area become more aware of this topic and became a place where elderly persons will get the help they need.
Forms of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse includes emotional/psychological abuse, physical harm, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. It is defined by some in a position of trust acting in a way that puts an elderly person at risk. Because elderly persons tend to be more prone to physical and mental deterioration, abuse of these individuals is even more harmful. Additionally, the likelihood of abuse and more serious consequences thereof is intensified if drug abuse, memory problems like dementia, physical disabilities, or drug abuse exist.
Difficulty in Identifying and Reporting Elder Abuse
Most of elderly abuse is committed by someone close to the victim, such as friends, relatives, neighbors, caregiver institutions. Because of this, it is often difficult for older people to get the help they need. The abuse often goes unreported due to the absence of witnesses or the shame and embarrassment of the victim to come forward. Awareness of communities around the globe is vital to identifying and then treating elder abuse. It’s important to notify mental health facilities of this kind or any kind of abuse. We take this subject seriously here at Peak Behavioral and are here to help.
Signs and Symptoms
It’s everyone’s responsibility to be more aware. Warning signs include but are not limited to obvious signs of physical harm (unexplained bruising, bleeding, broken bones etc.), strange financial activity, changes in behavior such as sudden depression, torn clothing, and overall unsafe living conditions. If you notice any of these signs, report it. Elderly persons need our help to their abuse needs to be addressed. At Peak Behavioral, our trained staff is ready to help victims and their families. Call us Peak Behavioral to receive a free initial assessment and more information at (888) 599-9808.
Peak Behavioral Health Has a Trained Interdisciplinary Staff Ready to Help
Mental and behavioral health is important for people of all ages, including elderly persons. Peak is open for admissions seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and the initial assessment is free. Through individualized treatment in individual, group, or family settings, our team members can effectively assist all victims of elder abuse. In becoming more aware of this growing problem, we can all help and hopefully put an end to elderly abuse. Please call Peak Behavioral at (888) 599-9808 for all questions and concerns relating to elder abuse.