The Bakersfield Police Department is reminding the public that June is elder abuse prevention month.
An estimated one in 10 older adults experience elder abuse, BPD said in a news release, with studies showing 86 percent of abuse is committed by a family member, caregiver, financial advisor or someone else close to the victim.
The signs of elder abuse include:
- Poor hygiene
- Uncombed or matted hair
- Bruises, scratches, welts or blisters
- Untreated medical conditions
- Weight loss
- Angry outbursts
- Confusion or fear
- Disappearance of important papers
- Unusual bank activity
- Lack of personal grooming or clothing
- Loss of ATM or credit cars
- Unpaid bills
- The appearance of a stranger who offers to manage the elder's financial assets
How to prevent elder abuse:
BPD says elder abuse is largely under-reported due to the fear of retaliation.
To report elder abuse, call BPD's non-emergency lines at 661-327-7111 or 911 if a life is in immediate danger.
Kern County Aging and Adult Services can be reached at 661-868-1006.