These days, Americans are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.
Because the average life expectancy continues to get older with each generation,
we are dealing with more age-related issues than previous generations
did, one of which is dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease
is the most common type of dementia, which mostly affects people age 65
and older, but it can affect people in their 40s and 50s.
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the forgetfulness and
confusion may be mild, and hardly noticeable. But this is a progressive
disease; as it advances the memory loss becomes severe.
The individual may not recognize their children or grandchildren, or even
their spouse. They get confused about where they are, where their home
is located, and how much time has elapsed. They can even have difficulty
speaking and walking.
Dementia Makes Seniors Vulnerable to Abuse
Alzheimer’s Association confirmed what many
nursing home abuse attorneys already suspected – that dementia makes older people vulnerable
to abuse. They can be prime targets of unscrupulous people who take advantage
of them because of their cognitive impairment.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “People with dementia
are especially vulnerable because the disease may prevent them from reporting
the abuse or recognizing it.” We have learned that often, it’s
the person’s caregiver who neglects or abuses them.
Unfortunately, when the nursing home resident complains of the abuse, people
sometimes don’t believe them because they think it’s the dementia
talking. Essentially, family members must remain vigilant; they have to
be their loved one’s voice when they cannot speak up for themselves.
Types of abuse and neglect:
- Neglect (e.g. malnutrition and dehydration)
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse (nonconsensual sexual contact or activity)
- Emotional abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Willfully depriving the person of medical care, assistance, medication,
food, shelter, etc.
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused by their
caregivers, we urge you to contact the
Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. to speak with a
West Palm Beach personal injury attorney about what can be done to help.
Contact our firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (561) 600-5605.