Assess and evaluate the immediate and potential long term effects of two types of abuse on the health and well-being of adults.

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Physical abuse of the elderly occurs when a carer harms the individual or places them in danger. A carer may be a family member or someone who is responsible for taking caring of them. The carer may hit, slap, kick, push, burn, or force feed the elderly person and these are all considered to be signs of physical abuse. They may also give the wrong amount or even the wrong medicine to the elderly person. Physical abuse also includes sexual abuse; when someone has sexual contact with an individual without their consent. Physical abuse can happen in their own home, the carer's home, or a facility, such as a nursing home. The most immediate physical effects include wounds, and injuries (e.g., bruises, dental problems, head injuries, broken…show more content…
physical abuse may result in a hip fracture).Individuals who experience physical abuse often get threatened, harassed and as a result of this abuse they often experience emotional stress such as worry, depression, shame, guilt, isolation, low self-esteem post-traumatic stress syndrome or anxiety. These signs may be prolong and contribute to memory loss or other illnesses. An older adult may also feel shame, guilt, or embarrassment that someone in the family or someone close has harmed them and therefore they wouldn't want to disclose or share this information with anyone, in the case of. Some abused older adults may start to eat less, use more medications or drink more alcohol to help cope with the emotional and physical hurt. They may have difficulty sleeping or sleep too much. Some abused elderly individuals may have a decreased social life and therefore loose interest in life or become withdrawn (disengagement theory) and some may have suicidal thoughts. Val who is going through a messy divorce and bankruptcy seems to be carrying a lot of emotional stress and frustration which is clearly seen in her constant mood swings and quick temper. Since Jess is a vulnerable 30 year old man with learning difficulties, he seeks support from Val to help him with his basic needs on a day to day basis. However Val seemed to be out of control when Jess started crying and therefore tried to re-gain control over the situation by acting out with

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