Physical abuse of the elderly is defined as inflicting pain or injury upon an older adult. Physical abuse can be extreme, but most cases are subtle, and it can be difficult to distinguish signs of abuse from the interpersonal distress that comes with old age. Because of this, family and friends are strongly encouraged to monitor loved ones closely for any signs of physical abuse. These can include physical injuries such as bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions and burns; changes in mood marked by unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness or unusual depression; and strained or tense relationships such as frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person.

If your loved one has suffered physical trauma due to a caregiver, contact Keosian Berberian LLP.

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