What is Elder Abuse?
A single or repeated act, or physical emotion, sexual, exploitation neglect and abandonment perpetrated against an older person.
Sadly most perpetrators are those closest to them; their children, other family members, their spouses ;as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.
- Elder abuse most often takes place in the home where the senior lives. It can also happen in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.
- It is estimated that more than 1 in 10 older adults experience some form of abuse.
- Most victims are dependent on their abuser for basic needs.
- The most common form of abuse is financial exploitation, with physical abuse, neglect and emotional abuse following.
*National Council on Aging. (ncoa.org)