Elder Abuse, YES it happens!

Elder Abuse: A term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older person (someone being 60 years of age or older).

– State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division –

Majority of us do have a friend or even a family member that is an elder who we love and care about. Did you know that it is possible for them to be abused? Whether the abuse is self inflicted or from someone else, the possibilities are can feel endless.

The types of abuse that can be reported are Physical Abuse (including medication and sexual abuse), Mental Abuse, Neglect, Self-Neglect, Exploitation, and Isolation.

While abuse can be show physically, neglect and self neglect are rather common when it comes to elder abuse. Some common factors of neglect include not providing the elderly food, clothing, shelter, or services for medical or personal hygiene care.

Another common abuse that may be difficult to detect is self-neglect. This is when the elderly isn’t able to provide for his/her own needs because of an inability to do so (mentally or physically). This is why it’s important to be sure to speak with your loved ones (or watch carefully) to make sure they are taking care of themselves appropriately.

Self-neglect isn’t considered a crime in the state of Nevada. However, a judge may declare that the individual is incompetent to make his/her own choices if reported and shortly after, investigated.

If there is an elder being abused by someone else, it’s punishable by law up to 1 year of jail time and/or a fine of $1,000.

If you or someone you know is being abused, please contact the Aging Disability Services Division – The Elder Rights Intake Unit at (702) 486-6930 OR you can reach the Statewide Office number at (888) 729-0571.