Elder abuse has not been a national research priority. There has never been a nationwide prevalence study of elder abuse. Research is limited to reported cases, and only about one in 24 cases of abuse is reported. Many go unreported because older adults may not know how to get help or may be incapable of asking for help.
Government agencies attribute problem in part to isolation from families and communities.
The pandemic, which fundamentally already disproportionately impacts older people, has an added layer of making older populations extra vulnerable to neglect, abandonment and abuse financially, emotionally, sexually and physically.
Financial-technology companies, long focused on millennials, start to cater to older people and their adult children.
A new global review reveals that elder abuse -- which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation -- is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults.
They are unseen and unheard, left to fend for themselves against a problem society has barely begun to notice, let alone fix: elder abuse.
People who neglect themselves have higher rates of illness and death, of emergency room visits and hospitalization. They’re more apt to suffer other forms of elder abuse as well.
Are you safe at home? It’s a simple question that social workers, nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and indeed all health care providers need to ask their older patients every time they see them.
The federal auditors projected that, of more than 30,000 potential cases, health care providers failed to report nearly a third of the incidents to law enforcement or Adult Protective Services, even though the law requires them to make such reports.
Abuse takes various forms, with neglect and financial exploitation rising fastest. Studies indicate that victims of financial fraud lose an estimated $3 billion a year. (And one recent report suggests the figure might be at least 10 times that amount.)
Elder abuse is a widespread problem, but only one in 23 cases are reported, according to the Department of Justice.
Chances are you have an elderly relative, friend or neighbor who has been financially abused.
Working behind closed doors for an average of about $10 an hour, these caregivers carry immense responsibility but are subject to little scrutiny, according to law-enforcement officials, elder-abuse investigators, senior-care experts, and court records. Their lapses sometimes lead to preventable injuries and death.
The most common form of abuse is financial exploitation, what Richard Cordray, director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has called “the signature crime of the 21st century.” Perpetrated by family, “friends,” caregivers and predatory outsiders, this problem is sufficiently complex and important...
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Elderabuse.org has been created to understand, prevent, and treat elder abuse. We do this through research, direct service, public education, and advocating for better laws and policies.
To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations.
The Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded on time-honored principles of restoring dignity for some of our most vulnerable and valuable citizens.
From big cities to small towns, seniors are vulnerable to physical, emotional and financial abuse. Experts estimate there up to 2 million cases of abuse each year in the U.S, and with the number of seniors in the United States estimated to grow to more than 70 million by the year 2030. Seniors are at great risk.
Secrets in America brings you experts from across the United States and people whose lives have been forever changed as a result of this crime.
The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect is the peer-reviewed quarterly journal that explores the advances in research, policy and practice, and clinical and ethical issues surrounding the abuse and neglect of older people. This unique forum provides state-of-the-art research and practice that is both international and multidisciplinary in scope.
The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is the national association for professionals, practitioners, and researchers across disciplines working to address abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults.
In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter. Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.