I am a victim of elder abuse

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.

2 thoughts on “I am a victim of elder abuse

  1. I wish you strength for this task. And take care of yourself in doing it as you are the most important one here.

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