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Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is often defined as any act or lack of action, within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust that harms a senior and causes them distress or risks their health or welfare.

There are different forms of elder abuse but they often take place in the home or a residential setting. Elder abuse can be a result of family, friends, paid care givers or others in a position of trust or authority.

The abuse can be physical, emotional and financial. Situations like this can be stressful for families and loved ones of the victims.

Signs of elder abuse include;

  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Unexplained bruising or injuries
  • Neglect of the individual, such as lack of hygiene, food or appropriate clothing
  • Failure to meet financial obligations or unusual bank withdrawals

To learn more about the warnings signs and risks of Elder Abuse, please visit the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.