Physical elder abuse

The unintentional or intentional application of force to an aged person that results in discomfort, harm, or incapacity. Inappropriate use of medicines, restrictions, or imprisonment are also examples of physical abuse in addition to physical attacks such as hitting or shoving.

Warning signs

  • Unaccounted-for evidence of trauma, such as welts, bruises, or scars, particularly if they are symmetrical on both sides of the body.
  • Sprains, dislocations, or broken bones.
  • A drug overdose complaint or evidence of apparent irregular medication use (a prescription has more remaining than it should).
  • Broken frames or glasses.
  • Indications of restraint, such as rope stains on the wrists.
  • The unwillingness of the caregiver to let you visit the senior alone.


  • Substantial Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Vulnerability to illness
  • Loss of dignity
  • Worsening overall health

How Online Counselling can be helpful?

Online counselling is beneficial for all difficulties and issues that significantly affect one's social, professional, or personal life or cause great distress. Stress, anxieties, sleep problems, traumas, marital troubles, challenges with emotion management, low motivation, challenges with focusing/concentrating on work, uncertainty about the future, and many more issues are some of the typical reasons people seek online therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Physical abuse in the elderly encompasses acts like hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, and burning. These acts can cause physical injury, damage to personality, functional impairment, distress, or in some cases death when there is the purposeful use of physical force. Seek help from a professional, clinical psychologist through in-person consultation or online counselling and frame a safety plan.
Functional disability and dependence, poor physical or mental health, cognitive impairment, and low income are all individual-level factors that raise the likelihood of being a victim of abuse. Mental illness, substance abuse, and a perpetrator's dependence (often financial) on the victim are individual-level traits that raise the chance of becoming an abuser.
Prevention of physical abuse depends on educating seniors, experts, care providers, and the general public. On a personal level, one can look after their health by raising their voice. Handle health care decisions with a power of attorney or a living. It will prevent confusion and family issues. Keep in touch with friends and family and participate in community activities. As social isolation has been linked to elder abuse, this will lessen it. To address issues with drugs, alcohol, and depression, seek professional assistance from the best psychologist in India and encourage family members to do the same. 

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