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Halting elderly abuse in the 105th Precinct

Experts offer tips on telltale signs

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 1:07 pm, Thu Feb 7, 2019.

News reports commonly have stories about senor citizens who have been tricked by fraudsters or harmed by an abusive medical aide.

But Sgt. Jennifer Limage of the NYPD offered a stark statistic Monday at the monthly meeting of Community Board 13.

“Ninety percent of all elderly abuse is from children or spouses,” said Limage, who leads the domestic violence unit at the 105th.

Limage and Takai Forde, a social worker with the Jewish Association Serving the Aging, said no matter what the source, there are signs loved ones, friends and neighbors can look for to protect the elderly.

They said abuse can be physical, financial, emotional or result from neglect.

Aside from signs of physical injury, there are telltale indications of trouble.

“Sometimes they can become withdrawn,” Forde said. “They might be with their abuser and not want to talk to you around them. You might call and they say, ‘I can’t talk to you right now.’”

Bills may go unpaid, or new, unexpected bills may begin arriving.

“You could leave $50 on your coffee table around that person.” Forde said. “You come back, that $50 is gone and they tell you it was never there and you feel like you’re losing your mind.”

She said a person might show an increase in small injuries or doctor’s visits. One who is usually impeccably dressed begins to regularly look disheveled. A person who is a regular at church or social gatherings suddenly stops showing up.

Limage said as with any domestic abuse situation, people with concerns can talk to her officers, who are trained in what to look for and in what next steps might be taken to investigate the issue.

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