Elder abuse and neglect is a subject not often discussed; however, it is a growing concern. Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes by a spouse, child, relative or caregiver. Elder abuse can also occur in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.
As people age, they often become physically frail and not able to defend themselves against physical abuse. They might not see or hear as well as they used to, which can lead to others taking advantage of them.
Sometimes physical or mental ailments of a partner is too much for an aging spouse to deal with, and mental, physical or financial abuse might occur.
There are different types of abuse. Physical abuse against an elderly person results in pain, injury or impairment. It includes not only assaults such as hitting and pushing, but also the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints or confinement.