Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss. Abuse can take many different forms, such as physical, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual. According to one study, 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse. According to another study, only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities. The consequences of nursing home elder abuse can be severe, for the seniors and their family members.
The possible consequences of elder abuse are divided into the following categories:
- Physical consequences:Elder abuse may result in injuries, welts and wounds. A victim may experience disturbed sleep, dehydration and malnutrition, persistent physical pain, and increased susceptibility to new illnesses. Seniors who are abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.
- Psychological consequences:Psychological effects of elder abuse include high levels of stress and depression. Other potential psychological consequences may include an increased risk of developing fear and anxiety reactions, learned helplessness, post-traumatic stress disorder among others.
- Social consequences:An elder abuse victim may become isolated due to withdrawal from activities he or she enjoyed.
- Increased need for medical care:Elder abuse victims are three times more likely to be admitted to a hospital emergency room. Elder abuse can also increase the risk of later disabilities among seniors.
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If you or someone you love has been affected by elder abuse, it is very important to talk with an elder abuse attorney. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY, we are committed to helping victims of nursing home elder abuse. Our elder abuse attorneys will work very hard to make sure you receive compensation for your suffering and injuries. Please contact us at 1-877-504-5562 or email at [email protected]