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What is neglect as it relates to elder abuse?

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Neglect happens when caregivers don’t tend to an older person’s needs. It can mean not giving him enough food, water, clothing, housing, and medications or not helping him bathe, dress, or pay the bills. Abandoning the person completely is also a type of abuse. Sometimes a caregiver knows he’s neglecting the person, but others may not know they’re doing anything wrong.

From: Elder Abuse: Know the Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Elder Abuse: Definitions," “Understanding Elder Abuse Fact Sheet.”

National Council on Aging: "Elder Abuse Facts."

American Psychological Association: "Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search for Solutions."

National Institute on Aging: "Elder Abuse."

Health in Aging: "Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults."

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: "What Is Elder Abuse?" "Sexual Abuse," "Financial Abuse," "Physical Abuse," "Psychological Abuse," "Neglect and Self-Neglect."

National Institute of Justice: "Elder Abuse."

Administration on Aging: "What Is Elder Abuse," "What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Elder Abuse: Definitions," “Understanding Elder Abuse Fact Sheet.”

National Council on Aging: "Elder Abuse Facts."

American Psychological Association: "Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search for Solutions."

National Institute on Aging: "Elder Abuse."

Health in Aging: "Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults."

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: "What Is Elder Abuse?" "Sexual Abuse," "Financial Abuse," "Physical Abuse," "Psychological Abuse," "Neglect and Self-Neglect."

National Institute of Justice: "Elder Abuse."

Administration on Aging: "What Is Elder Abuse," "What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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