Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a public health crisis that crosses all socioeconomic lines and is an affront to human rights around the world - President Obama

Elder Abuse

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Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone’s Problem

We have an enormous problem with elder abuse, by which I mean the physical, psychological or sexual harm, neglect (self-neglect or by a caregiver) or financial exploitation of vulnerable older people. Elder abuse in all its forms is ugly, painful, costly and simply wrong. The problem is also bigger than most people realize. It’s seriously under-reported, but an estimated one in 10 older people experiences some kind of abuse every year.

The most common form of abuse is financial exploitation, what Richard Cordray, director of the federal Consumer Financial…

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