Abuse of the Elderly Law and Legal Definition

Abuse of the elderly or elderly abuse means the physical or physiological abuse of an aged person by a caretaker. It includes both physical abuse and psychological or emotional abuse. Physical abuse means infliction of pain or injury, physical coercion, physical drug-induced restraint, and infliction of mental anguish. Emotional abuse includes exploitation, sexual abuse and refusal or failure to fulfill a care giving obligation. For instance, deprivation of food, medicine, and clothing, oral assault, beating, and isolation amounts to abuse of the elderly.