Elderly people in California may be the victims of abuse from caregivers, physically, financially or emotionally. The loved ones of elderly people who are in the care of others might need to be aware of the signs of elder abuse so they can take measures to stop it.
Some signs of abuse are blatant and require little investigation. When people witness things such as name-calling, threats, withholding of food or medication, or inappropriate intimate contact, they should take immediate action by contacting authorities. In many instances, however, the abuser will not commit abuse in the presence of a witness. In some situations, the elderly person will also be either afraid to report the abuse or unable to do so.