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Jun 01, 2017| Uncategorized

Elderly lady holding her hands.








Elder abuse can come in many forms.  The following are types of abuse that older and vulnerable adults may experience:

  • Physical Abuse—inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means.
  • Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
  • Neglect—the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
  • Exploitation—the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit.
  • Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
  • Abandonment—desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
  • Self-neglect—characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety [1]

[1] “What is Elder Abuse?” Administration for community Living US Dept. of Health and Human Services.  Accessed May 3, 2017.


Local Resources:


Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Vermont Dept. of Disabilities, Aging and Independent living


Tags: Abuse, Elder, vulnerable adult


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