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Elderly Abuse

what is elderly abuse?

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refers to the intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. This can include physical, emotional, financial abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

legal Definition:

Types of Abuse

" Abuse erodes, Kindness restores"

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Neglect

Demographic breakdown

Gender

  • Elder abuse affects both men and women, with no significant gender-based differences.

Age

  • Rates of elder abuse can vary, but it's a pervasive issue across different racial and ethnic groups.

Race

  • Rates of elder abuse can vary, but it's a pervasive issue across different racial and ethnic groups.

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Important facts : Family ties strained, as 60% of elder abusers emerge from within, often spouses or adult children. - Startlingly, 64% of long-term care staff admit shades of abuse in the past year, revealing a distressing dynamic. - The silent suffering of seniors with dementia is unveiled, with almost 42% enduring emotional abuse from those entrusted with their care. - A gendered imbalance persists, with over 65% of elder abuse victims being women, a stark vulnerability. - Disabilities amplify the risk, rendering seniors twice as likely to experience the dark shadow of elder abuse. - A troubling disparity emerges – nonwhite seniors face a staggering 200% higher likelihood of falling victim to elder abuse compared to their white counterparts.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA): Website - ncea.acl.gov, Contact - 1-855-500-3537. - Adult Protective Services (APS): Available in each U.S. state, APS helps investigate and intervene in cases of elder abuse.

Stats

1 & 10

older adults faces elder abuse 45nnually, often experiencing multiple types simultaneously

5%

of seniors fall victim to financial fraud or exploitation each year.

75% & 35%

Nonfatal assaults involving seniors increased over men and women in the past two decades.

27%

Emotional neglect by family members constitutes of elder abuse cases.

  • Encourage open communication with older adults.
  • Be vigilant about signs of abuse, such as unexplained injuries, changes in behavior, or financial discrepancies.
  • Promote social connections to reduce isolation, a risk factor for abuse.

Attemps to preventing this from happening

who are the perpetrators?

  1. children
  2. family member
  3. spouses
  4. staff at nursing home/assisted living
  5. other facilities.