Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Elder Abuse Symptoms

Abusers may be friends, family members, or caregivers. Signs and symptoms of elder abuse are often present in both the abused person and the abuser.

Signs of an abuser include:

  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Efforts to control every action of the elderly person
  • Financial dependency on the elderly person
  • Isolation of the elderly person from friends or family
  • Mental illness
  • Threats of abandonment
  • Threats of nursing home care
  • Verbal abuse

Signs of an abused elderly person may include:

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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