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    Cynthia Bolumbu

    Elder abuse refers to any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. The abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or involve exploitation and neglect.

    Signs of elder abuse can include physical signs such as unexplained injuries, signs of neglect like malnutrition or poor hygiene, emotional signs such as unusual depression or anxiety, and financial signs like sudden changes in financial situation. Those most at risk are older adults who are isolated, have mental impairments such as dementia, or are physically frail.

    There are numerous resources available for addressing elder abuse. On a local level, Adult Protective Services (APS) in many states assist in the form of investigations and interventions. Nationally, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides information and resources related to elder abuse prevention. These services provide support in the form of education, advocacy, and direct intervention to protect vulnerable adults.

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