As people retire and age, they may be concerned with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
Though many people do not want to think about a nursing home for a loved one, there are times when it may not be possible to adequately care for and meet the medical needs of a family member. This could be due to their advanced age, illness or an injury which requires medical care.
As most people age, their physical, mental and health faculties decline and they may need help to perform daily activities such as eating, drinking and getting around. Elderly persons are a vulnerable population and sadly many older people are frequently abused, neglected and/or exploited by their caregivers. Their caregiver can be a family member, a friend or someone that the elderly person trusts. Elder abuse can be inflicted by both men and women. Thus, it is important for everyone to know what the signs of elder abuse are.
Most of us know an elderly family member or friend. However, despite knowing an elderly person, most people likely are not aware of what elder abuse is and the statistics surrounding it. Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, persons aged 90 and above were estimated to number around two million.
Connecticut residents may not find it surprising to learn that the well-established medical and public health infrastructure in the United States has drastically increased life expectancy. According to the CDC, in 2012 there were over 43 million persons aged 65 and older in the country. This demographic of older persons is expected to rapidly grow mainly due to the baby-boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, turning 65.
Aging is an inevitable progression of life. Particularly as baby boomers enter retirement, the number of older Americans is expected to increase, and pose new challenges. Most of us know a family member who is an elderly person and given their age, health status, mental status and more may have legitimate concerns about their safety. Sadly, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, which is a division Department of Human and Health Services administration on aging, elder abuse is on the rise. But, many wonder as to what elder abuse is and who is affected?
Aging is an evitable fact of life. As people age, many face a decline in physical and mental health. In some cases, elderly people may need constant care and family members may not be equipped to care for the elderly person. Thankfully, there are options such as assisted living facilities and in-care home to help the elderly receive the care they need. Families hope that these options will allow their loved ones to get the compassionate care and attention they need.
Many Connecticut residents likely know a family member or a friend who is aging and who will likely need some intervention to ensure safety and proper care as the person ages. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 10,000 individuals turn 65 every day, a phenomenon that is going to continue at least for another two decades.