Motive For Listene Victimition: The Attention Of Elder Abuse

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Did you know that according to the National Institute of Justice website “…there is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse in the U.S. Additionally, the available national incidence and prevalence data from administrative records are unreliable because states have different definitions of elder and different reporting mechanisms” ("Extent of Elder Abuse Victimization," 2015).

Motive for Listening
Everyone has an aging relative or knows and elderly citizen in their community that they care about. Now imagine if you found out that this person was being abused. You would want to know how to prevent or stop this abuse, right? That is what I will be talking about today, what is elder abuse? and how to spot the signs of abuse,
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I will only name a few ways today in the interest of time. But if you want to learn more, you can find helpful information on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Community Living Website.

One of the first ways we as a people can prevent abuse is to know how to report elder abuse. The best way to do that is by calling the local Adult Protective Services agency. You can find the number for your local agency on their website http://www.napsa-now.org/. Another way to prevent abuse is to thoroughly check out those caring for your loved ones by doing background checks and by checking references you can help protect and prevent harm your own loved one. Spotting abuse may be difficult to accomplish all the time, as I stated before, not all abuse is visible, but thankfully there are signs to look for to spot abuse. According to the National Council on Aging, there are signs to look for, First bruises, pressure marks and broken bones can be signs of physical abuse. Second, bedsores and poor hygiene can be signs of neglect. Third, mental abuse which can be seen as unusual depression, and unexplained withdrawal from normal activities ("Elder Abuse Statistics & Facts | Elder Justice | NCOA,"

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