March 22, 2022
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it takes time for the family to learn what the “normal” behaviors and activities look like. In addition, this disease causes changes that develop over time, resulting in a situation where the person is very different than they were in the past.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s abuse cases can go unrecognized and unreported because the person isn’t able to communicate when something is going wrong. Since the person can’t tell others about the abuse, it puts the responsibility on family members to watch for potential.
Since Alzheimer’s disease makes a patient easily confused, the person might be a target for abuse. They might not even realize they are being abused or ridiculed.
The mental and medical decline with Alzheimer’s disease means that the victim might not remember that the abuse occurred. Or, if they have a memory of it, they might not understand specific events. When a person loses the ability to communicate, it’s more difficult for family members to know that something is going on.
Ideally, family members should visit a loved one regularly to observe their physical, mental and emotional health. When you are in the person’s living environment, you can see the level of care they are receiving. Also, watch for unusual changes in behavior, mood or health that could be signs of neglect or abuse.
Common indicators of abuse include:
When family members are involved in a person’s life, there is a better chance of identifying signs of abuse in the earlier stages. Talk with loved ones and other caregivers, so you have a plan in place to protect vulnerable family members.
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