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PSYC 353
Rose Joudi Kadri

PSYC 353 – March 12, 2014 Elder Abuse - Defined as ‘a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person,’ (United Nations, 2014) - Can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. - Can be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect - June 15 – Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Document posted on BB – warning signs o Physical indications  Bruising, discoloration of arms (bruising), signs of friction, damage to the skin, fractures, sprains, bite marks, cuts, punch marks  Disorientation or other signs of them being forcefully overmedicated o Behavior/psychological indications  Frightened or fearful of someone intended to be their caregiver  Exhibiting denial about the abuse  Looking agitated or irritable in presence of the individual  Trembling in the presence of the individual  Lack of knowledge of how they got injuries  Extreme displeasure at exposing parts of the body  Depression or poor self esteem  Eating issues (over or under eating)  Compulsive behavior (locking door, ensuring it’s locked)  Sleep disorders – insomnia, can’t sleep because of thei
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