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Elder Abuse Affects Millions of American Senior Citizens

Elder abuse is a problem that does not get a lot of attention; however, it is a major problem in U.S. society. According to the National Council on Aging, as many as five million elderly Americans are abused each year and elder abuse victims have suffered at least $36.5 billion in losses.

The Different Forms of Elder Abuse

The National Council on Aging notes that elder abuse takes different forms. For instance, elder abuse can involve:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse such as verbal assaults or harassment
  • Confinement
  • Caregiver neglect and deprivation of personal needs
  • Financial exploitation

Who Commits the Majority of the Abuse?

Elder abuse can occur from senior citizen’s hired caregivers, associates, spouses, friends or family members. The National Council on Aging finds that around 60% of those responsible for elder abuse are the victim’s family members.

For instance, relatives serving as caregivers may not provide the care a senior citizen needs. That family member may fail to take an elderly person to a doctor’s appointment or may allow their relative to live in unacceptable or inhumane living conditions.

[Related article: The Elderly Need Smartphones and Apps to Fight COVID-19]

As a police officer, I have investigated cases where family members were accused of exploiting the finances of an elderly relative. Sometimes, that family member took money from an older relative and failed to use it for its intended purpose. I also have seen cases where family members have access to an elderly person’s finances and spend all of his or her money without the elderly relative’s knowledge.

Recognizing the Signs of Elder Abuse

Ideally, everyone should educate themselves on how to recognize the signs of elder abuse and report the situation to authorities when needed. Indicators of elder physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained, visible injuries such as bruises at different stages of healing
  • Repeated injuries
  • Fear of a caregiver

Also, behavioral changes may be an indicator that a senior is being abused or exploited. These behavioral changes – indicating elder abuse – include:

  • Isolation
  • A fear of certain places where abuse has occurred, such as bedrooms and other living spaces
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Mental health problems

One of the challenges of recognizing elder abuse is that victims may have a decline in cognition due to old age. That decline impacts their understanding that they are abuse victims and also affects how they report the abuse to others.

When you suspect elder abuse, be sure to closely monitor the elderly person. Observe whether someone in that person’s life coaches them on what to say when speaking to medical caregivers, acts in a controlling way, or restricts who the elderly person sees or speaks to.

Often, family members abusing or exploiting an elderly relative cut that person off from seeing or speaking with others. This isolation is an effort to prevent the elderly person from telling anyone about the mental or physical harm her or she is suffering.

Another form of elderly abuse is abandonment. Signs of abandonment include:

  • A strong body odor due to infrequent bathing

The Abuse of Senior Citizens Is Very Common

Unfortunately, elder abuse is more common than many people realize. If you observe any troubling signs, it is often best to report the abuse to your local police agency or to the local government agency that serves the needs of senior citizens in your community.

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Elder Abuse Affects Millions of American Senior Citizens is written by Dr. Jarrod Sadulski for amuedge.com

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What Will YOUR Family Do When Chinese Communists Disrupt America’s Food Supply?​

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In these uncertain times, safeguarding your family’s well-being is paramount. As patriots deeply concerned about the international situation, particularly the potential for disruptions to the world’s food supply orchestrated by the Communist Party of China, you understand the urgency of preparedness. At Survival Cave Food, we share your concerns and offer a solution to ensure your loved ones are well-equipped to weather any storm.

Why Survival Cave Food?

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2A UNDER ATTACK! Credit Card Company To Start Tracking Gun Sales

2A UNDER ATTACK! Credit Card Company To Start Tracking Gun Sales

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Discover will be the first credit card company to track gun transactions made by its customers starting in April 2023.

On September 11, 2022, Breitbart News reported Visa gave in to pressure from groups that want stricter gun laws and New York Democrats and agreed to use a new sales classification system to find transactions involving guns and ammunition.

According to the Associated Press, MasterCard and other significant credit companies have also agreed to alert authorities to gun transactions.

The Independent Journal Review (IJR) wrote an article on March 2, 2023, that said Discover will be the first credit card company to track gun purchases, starting in April.

IJR stated, “Starting in April, anyone using a Discover card to make a transaction in a gun store will have that purchase recorded.”

According to reports, Discover cards are used by more than 55 million people, so just one business has a lot of information about gun transactions.

Reuters says that Discover Financial Services was the first of its competitors to make a public announcement about when the initiative.

This is meant to help police investigate gun-related crimes, will start in February 2023.

Discover would “allow its network to track purchases at gun retailers come April,” making it the first among its peers.

According to Discover,

“We remain committed on maintaining our commitment to preserving and supporting legal purchases on our network while protecting cardholder privacy.”

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) authorized the code in September 2022.

A spokesman for the ISO said, “Users in the industry will decide whether or not to use the new merchant category code.”

Do credit card companies track gun purchases?

Copyright 2023, ConcernedPatriot.com

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Evacuation Planning for Families

Emergencies can be highly unpredictable. You could be well-prepared for a crisis, but if there’s an earthquake and the house comes crumbling down… whatever food and water supplies you’ve stored will be destroyed.

Evacuation Planning for Families

Emergencies can be highly unpredictable. You could be well-prepared for a crisis, but if there’s an earthquake and the house comes crumbling down… whatever food and water supplies you’ve stored will be destroyed. The structural integrity of the house will be compromised, and you’ll not be able to stay there, you’ll have no choice but to evacuate. Based on this scenario, every prepper needs to have an evacuation plan. This article will give you a few points to bear in mind when formulating your plan.

  • Proximity
    During a catastrophe, roads may be impassable. The area could be flooded. Your car may be damaged, etc. How close will your shelter be?
    Do you have family, friends or even neighbors who are nearby and could take you in? Is it within walking distance or will you need a vehicle to get there?
  • Is your family aware?
    A plan is only good when everyone is onboard and knows what’s going on. What if your spouse is at work? If the kids are at a friend’s house, do they know what to do? Will everyone meet at home and evacuate, or will they meet you at the secondary location?
    During a crisis, there’s often little time to think. Contacting your family members may not be possible if they don’t have access to a phone. Any of these scenarios could happen, and they usually do. So, stay prepared and rehearse well.
  • Be detailed
    Ensure that all family members from the children to the adults have a laminated card with a list of all the family members and their contact information. If anyone is alone and injured, first responders will know how to reach the next of kin.
    If there’s panic and everyone is scrambling for their lives, as would happen in a tsunami, you may lose sight of a family member or two when the situation is chaotic. With these details, there’s a much higher chance of finding them sooner and getting to a safe place as a family as soon as possible.
  • Communication
    During a crisis there must be a plan of communication. If everyone is calling the same person for information, calls may not go through or be delayed. One way to do it if you have children, will be for one or two children to call the mother while another child calls the father.
    If calls don’t work, ask them to try texting. It will be good to have codes that everyone remembers so that you do not have to send long texts to get your message across.
  • Kits
    It goes without saying that every family member needs a bug out bag or a grab bag that they can grab and go in an emergency. The grab bag will contain supplies such as food, water and other items that will help you get through the next 72-hours without much hassle.
  • Pets
    If you have pets, you will need to evacuate them too. While you can’t move an aquarium, you can save your cat, dog, hamster or rabbit away from danger. You’ll need food supplies for them in your grab bag, and a portable carrier to transport the pet.
    It’s good to bring a tent or small shelter for them to stay warm and dry in. Evacuation shelters may not allow pets. If you must leave them outside, they’ll be sheltered, and you can still check on them at regular intervals.

Observe these tips when creating your evacuation plan. It’s imperative that you have a good plan and a good support network. Get to know the people around your neighborhood well. These are the people who will most likely be able to help you in an emergency, and vice-versa. No man is an island.

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