Are you watching someone, like your brother or sister, cut you off from your mother or father, and you’re being accused of wanting to steal their money? And everyone you seem to try to appeal to seems to shun you – even your own family? Then it could be that you’re one of those millions who is also a victim of Elder Abuse.
When dealing with the domestic crime of Elder Abuse, we’re dealing with elders who are usually being conned and/or are physically trapped in their own homes by another who means them harm, usually by one of their adult children. They’re in no position to help themselves. And the person committing the crime wants to remain under the radar, so they will do anything and use anyone to conceal their identity and their crime.
Without realizing it or meaning to, a lot of hope, by every level of the community, is being placed on the wrong person, the elder, to step up and ask for help. In reality, what’s escaping notice is that the elder is actually being used to perpetuate the crime. Yes. But it’s not seen that way, unfortunately, to the detriment of the elder.
And, while this is happening, the voices of family members, friends of an elder, or anyone who strongly believe that an elder is in trouble are being beaten back and ignored when they’re trying to get help for their elder. How so?
In reality, Elder Abuse is about more than just one victim – the elder. It’s much more convoluted than that. It’s actually more about Emotional Abuse. And being so, it means a different set of indicators should be used to detect signs of the crime.