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Preventing Emotional Abuse of Seniors

Category - Senior Citizen Senior Citizen Safety

Emotional abuse involves inflicting emotional pain, anguish, or distress on an
older person through verbal or nonverbal acts.

Emotional abuse may include:

• Shouting and bullying;

• insults or name calling;

• threats of violence or abandonment;

• intimidation or belittling;

• humiliation;

• harassment;

• treating an older person like a child; or

• isolating an older person from their family, friends, and/or community.

We all have a responsible for preventing and addressing abuse. If you are experiencing emotional
abuse, the resources below can help you.
 If you are not experiencing emotional abuse, learning more
about it can help you identify family, friends or others who may be experiencing it, you can share
these resources to help them.

Signs of emotional abuse may include an older person:

• being more upset than usual;

• sharing unexplained feelings of hopelessness, guilt, shame, or inadequacy;

• withdrawing from family, friends, and their community;

• seeming uncomfortable or anxious in the presence of certain people;

• being reluctant to speak about the situation;
• an older person’s report that neglect has occurred.


Do not stay silent!
Emotional abuse is not fate, and it is okay to ask for help. Everyone has a right to be safe! Learn
the signs of abuse. Prevent social isolation by supporting community centers, public transit and
empowering older people. 

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