Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 of 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Abusers are both women and men. In almost 90% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member; Two thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses.
What makes an older adult vulnerable to abuse? Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) are two factors. Recent studies show that nearly half of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence also occurs at disproportionately higher rates among adults with disabilities.
How can elder abuse be prevented? Educating seniors, professionals...