from “Elder Abuse and Neglect”:
In emotional or psychological senior abuse, people speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress.
Verbal forms of emotional elder abuse include
* intimidation through yelling or threats
* humiliation and ridicule
* habitual blaming or scapegoating
Nonverbal psychological elder abuse can take the form of
* ignoring the elderly person
* isolating an elder from friends or activities
* terrorizing or menacing the elderly person
OMG. There it is. That’s why I moved out from living with my brother and trying to take care of my mom who still lives there. I kept trying to tell him to stop, but he just kept on. I’m an elder, and that’s abuse.
And now I have to figure out how to get my mom away from him because, at 94 and with dementia and a slate of physical problems, she can’t just move out the way I did.
Boy, did I make a series of bad choices as I tried to be my mom’s caregiver. I’ve been trying to remedy my situation since, and now I have to figure out how to remedy hers.
What I find really interesting is that, while I was on an anti-depressant, I never got mad enough to fight back no-holds-barred. Now I’m off the drug and I’m really mad. And I’m fighting back.
I wish you strength for this task. And take care of yourself in doing it as you are the most important one here.
God bless you and keep you as you fight the good fight. I am s victim of elder abuse, too, and haven’t figured out how to fight back.