Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and that's only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.
What Is Elder Abuse and Neglect?
Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a person, including a caregiver or trusted individual, that cause harm to a vulnerable elder. Mistreatment of elders takes many forms, including:
Matters of financial exploitation, on the other hand, have
many possible referral options. See our Elder Financial Exploitation page for those options.
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