What increases an elderly person's risk of mental abuse?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An elderly person's risk of mental abuse increases if they are dependent on a caregiver due to mental impairment, frailty, or isolation. Family issues, especially a history of abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse, also increase the risk of elderly abuse. These circumstances can be amplified by stressful situations, like a death, financial stress, or unemployment.

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