Elder Abuse - Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes elder abuse?
Oregon law bans any abuse committed against an “elderly person” (defined under the law as someone aged 65 or older). Elder abuse can include:
- physical abuse, such as battery or threats of physical pain
- neglect of someone unable to provide their own basic care
- sexual abuse
- verbal or emotional abuse, or
- financial abuse through taking or concealing an elderly person’s property or funds.
What are some warning signs of elder abuse?
If you fear that your parent or loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, look for the following signs of mistreatment:
- Sudden weight loss or dehydration, which could indicate depression or neglect
- A reduced alertness or depressed mood or affect that is out of character
- Bruises, marks
- Bed sores, which can indicate that a senior is not getting the care they need or even that they have been subjected to the unlawful use of restraints