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What Is Elder Abuse?

A review of the definitions and terminologies related to the problem of Elder Abuse.

Physical Abusethe use of physical force that results in bodily pain or injury
Sexual Abusenon-consensual sexual contact of any kind
Emotional Abusecausing anguish, pain or distress through verbal and non-verbal acts
Neglectrefusal or failure to fulfill any part of an obligation or duty to an elder
Financial Exploitationillegal or improper use of an elder's funds, property or assets
Abandonmentdesertion of an elderly person by the person who has assumed the responsibility of providing her care
Self-Neglectthe behavior of an elderly person that threatens his or her safety or health
Caregiverthe person responsible for the care and well-being of the elder
Impairmentsany physical or mental limitations suffered by the elder
Domestic Violenceencompasses a variety of abuses that may occur within a home or family

Margaret Dixon

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