Despite growing awareness, senior abuse is not an easy subject for survivors to confront or report, so it may be helpful for friends and family members to recognize the signs and know what resources are available. Survivors may have trouble disclosing that their loved ones have hurt or exploited them. Many depend on their families to provide necessities and fear that reporting abuse will threaten their well-being.a survey released in 2016 by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly estimated that 766,000 Canadian seniors – more than three-quarters of a million – were abused last year.
Changes in behaviour include anxiety, fear, and depression Injuries like bruises, scratches or sprains Explanations for injuries that seem odd or unlikely Changes in social activity like missing church, social gatherings or events Changes in living arrangements like new friends or family members unexpectedly moving in Changes in financial situations, including unpaid bills or missing belongings Signs of neglect, such as a lack of food, being left alone for a long time or not receiving proper medical supplies like glasses or a cane.
Julie Clegg – Licensed Investigator
Now available for appointments at our Advisorly office in Langley, BC
A former police detective and undercover operator, criminal and geographic profiler, an active search and rescue volunteer, a passionate human rights advocate, a global educator and an avid world traveler, Julie approaches her life and work with determination and a relentless sense of adventure. She is driven by a desire to help every person live a life free of victimization, oppression, and fear.