Elder abuse is most often defined as: “single or repeated acts, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” (World Health Organization, 2002)
Elder abuse takes many different forms; it is as varied and individual as its victims themselves. It can take the form of financial mismanagement and dishonesty, physical abuse and/or psychological abuse directly in the home or in the wider community.
Elder abuse touches on many areas of the law – not just in the practice of estates law. Lawyers work with the elderly and their family members on many fronts and bring their respective areas of expertise to help resolve problems faced by the elderly.
The central characteristic of any form of elder abuse is the existence of vulnerability. It is the elderly person’s vulnerability that makes abuse possible and against which seniors require protection. Elder abuse is not new, however, as North America faces an increasingly aging population, abuse against the elderly is a growing problem of concern. Fortunately, there is a corresponding growth of opportunities for help and support with this kind of abuse.
If you feel you may be the victim of elder abuse or fear that a family member may be experiencing such abuse Fleming Estate Law can help you.
Please follow the link below to learn more about the problem of elder abuse and how to find help.
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse