This is not a topic we like to think about but it does happen. There are several forms of abuse: physical, mental, exploitation and neglect. Unfortunately, there are many elderly people being neglected behind their closed doors. When a child is being neglected it is easy to see but not so much with the elderly.
As we get into these sweltering summer months some may need to be checked on more regularly especially if they don’t have an air conditioner. Sometimes even if they have one they have a fear they won’t be able to pay the bill if they turn it on and will sit inside and sweat and possibly dehydrate.
If you have reason to believe that an elderly person you know is being abused please use the following information to take the appropriate action. Better safe than sorry.
Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116. This is a nationwide number.
http://www.nccafv.org This website lists each state separately. Just click on the state you are reporting the case in. This will probably be faster than the toll free number.
Of course, if you feel the elderly person needs attention immediately call 911.
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