Reasons Why Senior Citizen Abuse Happen
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Elderly abuse is one of the most common types of abuse that is prevalent in the society today. There are several reasons why elderly abuse happen. Understanding these reasons helps us to be careful. The perpetrator more often than not takes advantage of the situation with complete knowledge and it is often a known person doing it.
Some of the known causes for elderly abuse are as follows:
A person who is caring for an elderly has an extremely difficult job at hand. It can be highly stressful for them if the elderly is bed ridden or mentally incapacitated. There are several elderly diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia that can be demanding in terms of care. People who are not well trained for taking care of such elderly may find the job stressful and get frustrated. This kind of scenario leads to neglect and abuse.
A research shows that seniors, who have poor health, are at a higher chance of getting abused compared to elderly who have a good health. When a senior is suffering from a mental condition they no longer can differentiate between abuse and care. They can be easily fooled into financial scams by the caregiver or an external party. They also are powerless and the caregiver realizes it. Most common reasons for the caregiver to abuse are because of their financial problems. Since giving care to the elderly is their only job they take advantage of it.
The job of caring for the elderly is very stressful and if burdened with financial problems and family stress, the caregiver will abuse.
Social isolation is one of the major causes for the abuse. A person is limited to the job of taking care of an elderly and they do not have anything else to do. It is a 24/7 job in some cases.
If caregivers have been abused as a child, emotionally they grow up with limitations and turn into abusers themselves. It can be child abuse or spousal abuse or any other type. When they are faced by anger, they tend to react with anger at all times. The elderly gets exposed to the results of the caregiver’s psychological problems.
Some caregivers could be abusive because of their habits and problems like depression, alcoholism, substance abuse or an emotional disorder. Often such people do not have patience and turn out to be abusers. Because of their habits they will also take financial advantage of the senior.
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