Monday, February 22, 2010

Elder Abuse

State of Florida has 4.36 million residents age 60 and older. Abuse includes not only physical abuse, but neglect, exploitation and self-neglect. Physical signs of abuse may include cuts, puncture wounds, burns, bruises, welts, dehydration or malnutrition, poor coloration, sunken eyes or cheeks, soiled clothing or bed, or lack of necessitites such as food, water or utilities.

Behavioral signs of abuse may include fear, anxiety, agitation, anger, isolation, withdrawal, depression, non-responsiveness, resignation, ambivalence, contradictory statements, implausible stories, hesitation to talk openly, confusion or disorientation.

If you know of anyone who may need help, call the Florida Elder Abuse hotline at

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