Statistics have shown that around 10% of the elderly undergo abuse in any form: physical, mental, psychological, or even sexual. This gets even worse with people suffering from dementia, considering that around 50% of them suffered some form of mistreatment.
Fortunately, there are a few ways we can do to stop, even prevent, elderly abuse. They’re as follows:
Learn the Signs of Abuse and Neglect
Neglect is also another form of abuse which includes depriving the elderly of their basic needs. For example, preventing them from getting access to anti-aging treatment which they’ll use for treating wrinkles and stuff.
One of the ways to stop elderly abuse is to familiarize ourselves with the different signs of abuse. For example, if you notice a few bruises, injuries, burns, or any broken bones, it might be because your caretaker isn’t tending to your elderly’s need and abused him/her instead.
You might want to monitor an elderly’s behavior while he’s around his caretaker. If you notice some uneasiness around, then you could rule out the possibility of an abuse.
Volunteer to Visit a Nursing Home in Your Neighborhood
If you have the time, you might want to visit a nursing home resident within your area. This is best done with a group of other volunteers. This way, you can observe how the seniors are treated and gauge whether their needs have been properly met or not.
Pay Visit to an Elderly Loved One
If you have an elderly loved one who lives miles away from your house, it’d be a good idea to visit him and ask how he’s doing. You should also invite him to a family activity or any other event. This way, you’ll be able to make him feel loved and give him the feeling that he still belongs in the family. This will also rule out the possibility of neglect.
Organize Systems and Programs
Another way to stop or prevent the risk of abuse in the eldery is to place systems and organize programs that will prevent abuse even before it starts. For example, we can collect together to build community programs and services designed for the elderly and caregivers which main goal is to reduce the risk factors that are tied to elder abuse.
Also, we can increase the funding so as to provide training for those who are in the aging-related care for the detection and prevention of elderly abuse. We can also come up with a number of ways to empower older people via programs that are meant to reduce the effects of ageism (that is, biases against aging which prevent elderly individuals from fully participating in the communities).
Be an Example
If you’re a service provider who works with the elderly, then there are a few ways you can help. One of them is to help the elderly people and their families to learn more about what their responsibilities and rights are. Also, it’s your role to reduce an elderly’s social isolation and help them rebuild their skills and confidence.