In an ideal world family members would always take care of an aging loved one who requires assistance. Unfortunately, in this day and age, that just doesn’t happen as much as it should. Elder neglect, failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation, constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as he or she does. Sometimes, neglect is simply a result of a caregiver becoming overwhelmed.
If you’re overwhelmed by the demands of caring for an elder, try the following:
Request help, from friends, relatives, or local respite care agencies, so you can take a break, if only for a couple of hours.