FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
Medicine For All /
I know of no more dedicated people than
the professional caregivers I have met over the past
fourteen years of publishing Today’s Caregiver magazine and
In fact, when the news breaks about elder
abuse, it is usually the professional caregivers who are
first to email or write me with advice and tips for family
caregivers. The insidious thing about elder abuse is that it
can be committed by anyone with financial or physical access
to our loved ones: friend, professional or family member.
Unfortunately, there have been some high profile cases of
abuse in the news recently, so here are some of the best
advice I have seen:
Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and
burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect,
Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden
change in alertness, and unusual depression may be
indicators of emotional abuse.
Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur
from sexual abuse.
Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result
Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and
unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of
power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or
Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments
between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.
Where to report abuse
There have been some recent technological advances which allow us
to monitor our loved ones living alone, including
Avaak’s Vue personal video network
Tender Tidings ,
Caregiver Friendly Award
Whatever you do, being
aware, partnering with those who care for your
loved ones, and being diligent is the best
medicine to prevent elder abuse from occurring
on your watch.