May 18, 2022
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Justice shows that at least 10% of older adults age 65 and older will experience some form of elder abuse in a given year. Unfortunately, some of these victims simultaneously experience more than one type of abuse: physical, financial, sexual, psychological and neglect.
Not only does elder abuse encompass intentional acts that cause a risk of harm to an older adult. But elder abuse also involves a failure to act that could result in harm to a senior.
The data is shocking and shows a greater need for family members to be more actively involved in protecting their loved ones. The report shows the percent of the total population in the United States experiencing different types of elder abuse:
When elder abuse is happening, it can have serious effects on the victim and their loved ones. For example, abuse situations can increase the risk of various health issues. The person might experience:
Knowing the risk of elder abuse is the first step to protecting your loved one. When family members understand that a person could be at risk, they can proactively watch for potential signs of abuse. Family involvement and caregiver interventions are essential details to minimize the risk of elder abuse and help a senior maintain safety and independence.
Everyone needs to be aware of their neighbors and loved ones. Through education and proactive involvement, we can protect those in vulnerable situations.
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