what you should know
Elder Abuse is a silent epidemic.
Over 40 Million are elderly in America while 1 in 10 will experience some form of elderly abuse or neglect this year.
Most elderly abuse or neglect incidents will go unreported.
Elderly victims are 2 times as likely to be hospitalized and higher risk of death.
9 in 10 of elderly abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member or other trusted individual.
Types of Abuse & Neglect:
Financial or Material Exploitation
during coronavirus pandemic
The necessary restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus pandemic are likely to put pressure on our relationships and family life.
The Stay at Home message means that families are now spending far more time together than they ever expected or perhaps wanted to. They may feel overwhelmed. Families can use this time as an invitation to focus on our relationships and on building strong family bonds. We feel most loved when our family is together, and when we are near family even with challenges times living with COVID-19.
If working at home adjust your roles, employment role, parental role, and spousal role.
Follow daily routines. Homework time, family time. etc. Set-up times of the day when you can separate, ideally work in different rooms. But after you’re done with work, spend time together.
Building a family mission statement in which principles such as putting the family first, love, kindness, forgiveness, compassion, empathy and support takes precedence.
The COVID-19, is causing a lot of fear and panic and overwhelming families where they're now. Talk about your fears and your worries.
Share household work/chores. Maybe one of you is more comfortable cooking and the other is more comfortable washing dishes. Do things together that you enjoy. You can do meals together, cook together, play puzzles, cards, watch TV together, and other fun activities. End up expressing gratitude for what each of you does.
Everyone will react to crisis and fear in different ways, but in trying and uncertain times like these, faith believers espond in prayer amd meditation. When the rest of the world is afraid and loses hope.
Families will eventually have conflict, but they do not need to be harsh with one another. Resolve things or make a date to talk about the challenges, your agreements. Take everyone’s concerns into account when addressing family conflicts because it will help to let everyone have a say. In times of conflict have an open discussion not with an accusation. Treat each other kindly and do not be too judgmental in a time that is already too stressful.
Effective Communication is communication between two or more persons where the intended message is successfully delivered, received and understood.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN DEALING WITH SENIORS:
Exercise Patience and Compassion – It goes without saying that patience and compassion are often needed when dealing with the elderly. Physical challenges, like slow movement, forgetfulness, neediness, are just some of the behaviors you might encounter. Sometimes it’s easy to lose patience and become frustrated.
Ask Instead of Order – You can help validate these needs by frequently asking instead of ordering when communicating with the older adult.
Ask Instead of Assume – Ask questions instead of making assumptions when it comes to your actions in relation to the older adult.
Use “I” Instead of “You” Language – When asking and/or talking with the older adult, please keep in mind that it’s important to use “I” statements instead of “You.” For example:
“You must exercise today!” “You have to take your medicine!” “You need to air out your room!”
When the senior feels like they’re being bossed around on a regular basis, they’re more likely going to respond negatively. Leading to problems such as argument, avoidance, or stonewalling.