The census-designated place of Green Valley in the state of Arizona has somewhat of an ironic name given how often the area is plagued by droughts and water resource issues. Water sustainability is a major concern in the area, with a Pima County report concluding that water supplies will become critical in the area as of 2017.
Nevertheless, the aridity and hot temperatures draw hundreds of new residents to Green Valley every year. Those of retirement age are particularly fond of Green Valley, with those of the age of 65 or older and who were living alone accounting for 28.5% of the population as of the 2000 US Census. In fact, the area is known as being an unincorporated retirement community which is composed of 59 Homeowner Associations.
Elder Abuse and You: Why You Should Remain Vigilant
The United States Department of Justice has estimated that nearly 11% of all elderly individuals are abused every single year. Considering that there are more than 40 million individuals 65 or older in the United States, this means that over 4 million older individuals are knowingly abused each and every year.
Those who are 65 or older, as well as their friends and loved ones, must remain alert and actively ensuring that older individuals are being properly cared for by nurses, nursing facilities, doctors and other care takers.
We have compiled a quick FAQ on elder abuse to help you identify and act should you suspect an older friend or loved one is being harmed in any way:
Is Elder Abuse Physical Abuse?
Physical abuse is only part of the problem. There are a variety of abuse categories under which elder abuse may fall, including:
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect and/or abandonment
- Self neglect
- Financial exploitation
How Can I Tell That My Loved One Is Being Abused?
If you suspect that abuse may be happening, there is a good chance it is. Some warning signs to look out for include:
- Your loved one suffers from unexplained bruising or broken bones
- Your loved one becomes withdrawn, anxious or depressed
- Your loved one has an STD
- Your loved one appears to be malnourished or has bedsores or ulcers
- Medical bills are not attended to or paid on time
- There are unexplained financial transactions or depletions of your loved one’s assets
What Can I Do To Stop It?
Contact your local authorities immediately by calling 9-1-1 should you suspect elder abuse is an issue. Adult Protective Services (APS) will also be able to help, as well a long-term care ombudsmen. After that, we strongly suggest that you contact a local attorney such as one of our personal injury attorneys at the Ruhmann Law Firm.
We have dedicated years to defending the defenceless and will work tirelessly to ensure that your loved one is protected and fully compensated for his or her losses and injuries. We understand that an elder abuse claim can be a sensitive and emotional matter, which is why we offer free initial legal consultations to those who has been affected.
We welcome your call to us today at (915) 845-4529 to schedule your appointment.