- Break down isolation.
- Engage with your community.
- Keep active.
- Avoid living with someone who is known to be abusive or violent.
- Be wary of caregivers or friends needing financial help, or those who have issues with illicit drugs.
- Stay on top of your own financial affairs.
- Don’t allow a caretaker or family member to impulsively alter wills, or add their names to financial accounts or land titles.
- Be wary of solicitations from the telephone, internet or mail.
- Unexplained signs of injury, such as bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two sides of the body
- Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
- Report of drug overdose or apparent failure to take medication regularly (a prescription has more remaining than it should)
- Broken eyeglasses or frames
- Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
- Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the older adult alone
- Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior
- Behavior that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to themselves
- Bruises around breasts or genitals
- Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
- Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
Elder Neglect or Self-Neglect
- Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
- Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
- Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
- Being left dirty or unbathed
- Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
- Unsafe living conditions (no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring, other fire hazards)
- Desertion of the older adult at a public place
- Significant withdrawals from personal accounts
- Sudden changes in financial condition
- Items or cash missing from the household
- Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies
- Addition of names on a signature card
- Financial activity the older adult couldn’t have done, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden
- Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions