Have You Been a Victim of Elder Abuse?

It happens more often than you think…

Mary McGrath
Crow’s Feet

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We are all familiar with bullies. They often sprout in grammar school, junior high, or high school. Many of us have incurred the wrath of bullies because of the way we look, whether we dressed fashionably, or had other afflictions that separated us from others.

But bullying doesn’t always decrease as somebody matures. Sometimes it resurrects itself as we get older and is fairly common among seniors after retirement.

According to rightathome.net,bullying is defined as “aggressive behavior which is intended to harm, occurs repetitively over time, contains an element of power differential, and occurs at any stage of life.”

I was surprised to learn that about 1 in 5 older adults has experienced bullying. As with elder abuse, the actual rate of senior bullying is likely larger than reported due to seniors neglecting to share their experiences for a variety of reasons.

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Often this type of behavior isn’t reported by those being mistreated because of a lack of knowledge regarding resources, a feeling of shame, fear, and helplessness.

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Mary McGrath
Crow’s Feet

Top writer in humor, short stories, writing, advice and poetry. She’s written for Newsweek, Wall St. Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.