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Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse And What You Can Do To Thwart It

Woman spending time with her mom at a nursing home during the Christmas holiday

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse – The Conversation

The holidays provide us with an opportunity to be more alert to signs of elder abuse and neglect, according to Kathleen Wilber, professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California writing for The Conversation.

She reports that the World Health Organization says one in six older adults worldwide is a victim of elder abuse, a statistic that will only rise as the population continues to age.

Be Alert For Signs of Neglect and Abuse When Visiting Loved Ones In Nursing Homes

Wilber suggests that the holidays are a wonderful time to check on the elderly and their overworked caretakers, being mindful for signs of financial, emotional or even physical abuse.

John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP agrees. “Nursing homes, for example, are often short-staffed during the holidays. So it’s even more important to check on your loved ones now to make sure they are receiving the best care possible.”

He adds, “When visiting, be alert for signs of neglect or abuse such as abrasions or bruising, or any changes in their emotional or mental states. Just as important, ask them how they are doing, if they have complaints or need anything.”

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John Dalli, Salvatore Marino, and Jeanne RamassoIf you suspect your loved one has experienced abuse or negligent care at a nursing home facility in New York, call the law firm of Dalli & Marino for a free case evaluation.  Our attorneys have extensive experience fighting on behalf of those who have been subject to abuses while in residential care facilities.

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