The PNA Village recently hosted Amanda Froh, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, in a presentation and discussion of elder abuse and neglect. Elder abuse can take many forms and can be manifested as neglect (both self-neglect or due to inaction of another), physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, or financial exploitation. People most at risk for elder abuse often live in isolation, may have poor health or dementia, lack adequate resources, or rely on others for assistance.
Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older adult’s funds, property or assets in which someone other than the vulnerable adult benefits. This can occur by way of scams, theft, or abuse of legal authority, such as Power of Attorney. Victims of financial exploitation may be left in the end with nothing, which can further lead to a deterioration of one’s physical or mental health.
Self-neglect occurs when a person, often living alone, is unable to provide for him/herself which may lead to a compromise in his/her well-being. Common signs of neglect can include, but are not limited to: malnutrition, dehydration, pressure sores, poor hygiene, soiled clothing, unsanitary living conditions, or an inability to take medications. Any of these signs of neglect resulting from a caregiver is considered a criminal action.
If you have concerns or know of someone who may be at risk for elder abuse please report to law enforcement by calling 911, or contact Adult Protective Services, by calling 1-888-ENDHARM. If you have concerns regarding a PNA Village member or volunteer, please contact the PNA Village director’s office by calling (206) 789-1217.
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