3.1 Key Takeaways – Elderly Male

Key Takeaways

  • Warning signs of abuse
    • Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, rope marks, human bites.
    • Bone fractures, broken bones, or skull fractures.
    • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, pressure wounds, and untreated injuries in various stages of healing.
    • Sprains, dislocations, or internal injuries or bleeding.
    • Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food and water, or clean and appropriate clothing.
    • Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aid, medications).
    • Sunken eyes or unexplained weight loss.
    • Broken eyeglasses/frames, physical signs of being subjected to punishment, or signs of being restrained.
    • The caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see or speak to an older adult alone.
    • An older adult’s report of being hit, slapped, kicked, or mistreated.
    • Laboratory findings of medication overdose or under-utilization of prescribed drugs.
    • An older adult’s sudden change in behavior.
US Department of Justice, 2019
American Psychological Association (2022)