Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person. It is most widely perpetrated by a someone in a relationship of trust with the older person, such as a family member, friend or carer.
Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, financial, emotional and includes neglect. It is insidious and often hard to detect, particularly when the older person does not recognise the signs of abuse or attempts to conceal it.
Elder financial abuse can include:
- Transferring assets
- Redirecting pension entitlements
- Procuring financial advantage by deception
- Misuse of a Power of Attorney
- influencing an older person to make decisions that are not in the older person’s interests;