Bullying doesn’t end in high school. I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”
Senior bullying is a growing problem in assisted living communities. Just like high school, social groups form that use gossip and insults to control others. Petty and mean behavior can intensify later in life due to dementia or disability. It can even lead to physical violence.
Researchers believe up to 20 percent of seniors are bullied by other seniors in institutional settings. Staff should step in and family members must speak up if there are signs of bullying. Some sensitive seniors may be better served staying in their home with caregivers to avoid being bullied.
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