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Understanding the Concept of Elderly Abuse

For the older population or the elderly, it would take a tremendous amount of courage to remain free from abuses and assaults. We usually lose mobility, healthy friends, and loved ones. The basic freedom of the elderly is to be able to generate choices in their lives, as well as for deciding what’s good for them. They should not be abused and must be trusted in all means. If you happen to know some elderlies who has been abused, then it would be best to report the case to the rightful authorities so that proper conduct of the law would be applied. Do not allow yourself to be one of the abusers or simply supporting the abusers by not taking any steps to help the elderly.

There are certain things that you might still not know about elderly abuse. First, elderly abuse can happen to anyone. As long as the elderly are exposed to different people, even their families, they are prone to be abused. Abuse actually comes in different forms and as long as the elderly would feel that he or she has been mistreated, then he or she has been abused already.

Second, elderly abuse is real and it is happening to millions of people around the world. Most of the time, these cases are not being reported. The elderly population does not have the chance to tell the authorities about the abuses they’ve gone through.

More than 90% of elderly abuses are being done by their family members. This is a sad reality, isn’t it? At their institutions or homes, 50% of the adult children have the tendency to abuse their elderly parents.

The concept of elderly abuse typically harms the person’s physical being, emotional being, psychological being, financial capacity, and some times, sexually. The abuse may be in the form of passive or active neglect and are very dangerous when not stopped. There are some abusers who tend to abuse the elderly in more than two of these kinds.

Most of the elderly are already frail and would need help in order to perform their daily tasks such as eating, taking a bath, defecation, and many more. Family members have the tendency to disregard the needs of their elderly parents because they are too busy and exhausted to manage all the things that are going on in their lives.

Most of the elderly abuse victims would not want to speak about the abuses they’ve gone through. Some of them might be afraid or just not aware of the abuses they’ve experienced. There are plenty of government agencies and private corporations that are willing to hear the thoughts of the elderly population but they were just not given the chance to speak.

According to the experts, protections and laws are not adequate enough to enforce elderly abuse activities. Thus, the laws must be corrected and amended in order to reduce the cases and tendencies for the elderly to be abused.

It is not difficult to stop cases of elderly abuse. By means of educating the younger population about the respect that they must generate to the elderly, they would easily understand that at some of their lives, they would become elderlies, too. Respect and love should be propagated.

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