Sometimes considered a silent problem since it is often under-reported, elder abuse occurs to millions of senior citizens every year. Elder abuse robs people of their dignity and security. It includes physical and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, confinement, neglect, and abandonment. Abusers include children, other family members, and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If there is some concern that an elderly loved one may be suffering, there are signs to look for, including physical symptoms such as bruises, broken bones, and abrasions. Other signs are unexplained withdrawal; unusual depression; sudden changes in financial situations; and a strained, tense relationship with the caregiver, including frequent arguments. Educating seniors, professionals, and caregivers about elder abuse is critical to prevention.

It’s been over 170 years since McHARRIE LIFE SENIOR COMMUNITY first welcomed its first residents. Our mission was the same as it is today: provide a home-like atmosphere for those who sought our care. While our organization continues to evolve today, our tradition of caring that began in 1851 has not changed. Our warm welcome and commitment to excellence remains steadfast. To tour our community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville, please call (315) 638-2521.

P.S. Many states have serious penalties for those who victimize older adults.