Step in if they seem fearful, anxious or isolated

WARNING signs of elder abuse may include an older person seeming fearful, anxious or isolated.
There may be injuries, or an absence of personal care.
Disappearance of possessions, unexplained financial transactions, and changes to a will, property title or other documents are also of concern.
While the mistreatment of an older person may be carried out by one family member, it is often other family members who are best placed to support their parent or grandparent against the abuse, provided they recognise what is happening.
Like other forms of family violence, most elder abuse occurs behind closed doors, so it is important for loved ones to watch out for signs, listen and offer help.
Older people must also be empowered to recognise the signs of elder abuse and encouraged to speak up when they are concerned.