The signs of elder abuse can be quite subtle and hidden, often because they can be mistaken for illness or ageing. But there are some things that can indicate abuse is taking place.

Signs to look out for

  • Injuries: bruises, fractures, cuts, and injuries that have not been treated which can be both external and internal
  • Unexplained weight loss, including signs of malnutrition
  • An unexplained deterioration of personal hygiene
  • Unexplained disappearance of personal effects and belongings
  • Large bank withdrawals, a sudden decision to sell property, changes to wills or documents such as power of attorney and guardianship arrangements
  • Social isolation
  • Depression, anxiety and confusion, including anxiety around a particular person or people
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted disease and/or incontinence

To ask questions or for more information call the Helpline on 1800 441 169.

Elder Abuse Tasmania