How to Avoid Elder Abuse

​​​​Elder abuse can consists of one or more of the following: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Persons who commit elder abuse are often family members or caretakers.

 

Signs of Elder Abuse

  • Bruises, broken bones, abrasions, burns
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs or weight loss
  • Withdrawn personality, changes in emotional state
  • Sudden changes in financial situation

 

Steps You Can Take to Avoid Elder Abuse

  • Take care of your health
  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Stay active in your community; know your neighbors
  • Understand your rights; plan your own future
  • Get involved in TRIAD, a partnership between law enforcement, AARP and senior leaders and group in the community. To get involved, call the Virginia Beach Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 757-385-1068 or 757-385-1006. Meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at Marion Manor, 5345 Marian Lane in Virginia Beach.

 

Reporting Elder Abuse

  • Call the Police
  • Tell a doctor, friend or family member that you trust
  • If you notice signs of abuse in a friend or loved one, ask them about it

 

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