Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abuse Elderly Types

The most common forms of elder abuse include:

  • Abandonment:
    • Total desertion by the caregiver
  • Emotional abuse:
    • Any verbal or non-verbal actions that cause emotional pain or distress
  • Exploitation:
    • This is usually financial in nature, such as theft, fraud or misappropriation of funds
  • Neglect:
    • Caregiver fails to provide safe and appropriate living conditions
  • Physical abuse:
    • Non-accidental injury caused by a caregiver
  • Self neglect:
  • Sexual abuse:
    • Inappropriate sexual actions that are forced upon an elderly person

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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