Elder abuse is the mistreatment of an elderly person by someone he or she should be able to rely on… a spouse, a child, another family member, a friend, or a paid caregiver.

This includes

Physical violence: pushing, shaking, hitting, sexually molesting, rough-handling, deliberate over/under-medication, or the improper use of restraints.

Psychological harm: threatening, bullying, name-calling, humiliating, or treating an older person like a child.

Financial: withholding money, forcing the sale of property or possessions, theft, coercing changes in wills, or misusing power of attorney responsibilities.

Neglect: failing to provide adequate food, drink or medical attention; leaving an elderly person in an unsafe or isolated situation.