Elderly Abuse


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Elderly abuse is an increasing problem that is difficult for doctors and police officers to detect because it’s often perpetrated by family members or caregivers. Prevalence of abuse is estimated that as many as 1 to 2 million Americans over 65 have been victims of abuse and the National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that only 1 in 14 incidents are actually reported to the authorities. Several types of cruelty include sexual abuse, financial abuse, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse and some are rarely or difficult to detect. Below are statistics Charland (2006) provides that were attained by the National Center on Elder Abuse.

  1. Self-neglect 37.2%
  2. Caregiver neglect 20.4%
  3. Emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse 14.8%
  4. Financial exploitation 14.7%
  5. Physical abuse 10.7%
  6. Sexual abuse 1.0%

     Self-neglect is especially common with dementia patients. They lack the ability to care and feed for themselves. Leading to dehydration, malnourishment, and poor…

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Posted on November 17, 2011, in Elder Abuse and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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