The statistics are just astonishing.
1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have been the victims of elder abuse. Further, "The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for every case known to programs and agencies, 24 were unknown."
Half of all adults with dementia experience abuse and/or neglect.
And in 60% of all cases, the perpetrator is a family member.
While it's true that many cases of elder abuse go unreported due to the victim's own embarrassment or feared implications to family members/caregivers, many cases of elder abuse are never identified because, on the surface, the cases are often initially seen as "merely civil matters."
The Justice Clearinghouse covers the topic of Elder Abuse on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources.
Begin or enhance your knowledge about elder abuse by reviewing some of the information below.