Prevent Elder Abuse

By Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, February 14, 2017

Elder abuse is a term used to describe any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an Elder or vulnerable adult.

Types of Elder abuse include physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and self-neglect.

Signs of abuse include the following:

  • Unusual or unexplained injuries (cuts, bruises, burns)
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Pressure or bedsores
  • Confinement against will
  • Dehydration
  • Fear
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Helplessness
  • Hesitation to talk openly
  • Sudden changes in finances

Resources:

  • Elder Abuse Program — Mille Lacs Band: 320-532-7802
  • 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-866-867-4006
  • Elder Care Rights: 1-800-893-4055