With the American population aging quickly, the Michigan State Police has sent out a reminder and warning about what signs to look for those who have elderly family members and friends.

The Michigan State Police claims that "over 500,000 older adults being abused or neglected nationwide" and (MSP) wants to raise awareness.

First, a definition of terms: MSP defines "elder and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and exploitation are behaviors committed against an elder or vulnerable adult who is unable to protect themselves due to a mental or physical impairment or due to advanced age. Offenders are often family members, friends, neighbors or caregivers, and the abuse typically takes place within the home."

In the MSP release, it says "there are six types of abuse that may happen to people over the age of 60: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, abandonment, and financial abuse."

The signs to look for are:

Here are some common physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and/or neglect:

  • Frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and the elderly person.
  • Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts, or scars.
  • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, or dehydration.
  • Unsanitary living conditions.
  • Desertion of the elder at a public place.
  • Significant withdrawals from the elder’s financial accounts.
  • Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior that you witness.

.MSP says if you witness any of these, call  (855) 444-3911, or if someone is in immediate danger, call 911.

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