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Elder Abuse Facts & Statistics

*statistics from National Council on Aging

How Many Older Americans Are Abused?

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 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

Who Are the Abusers?

Abusers are both women and men. In almost 60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Two thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses. However, caregivers from nursing homes and other facilities are also to blame, in spite of Federal law requirements.

What are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse?
  • Physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatmentBruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, burns
  • Emotional abuse: Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, or unusual depression; strained or tense relationships; frequent arguments between the caregiver and older adult
  • Neglect: Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, unusual weight loss
  • Verbal or emotional abuse: Belittling, threats, or other uses of power and control by individuals

 

What are the effects of Elder Abuse?

Elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.  Financial exploitation is self-reported at rates higher than emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect. Neglect is a form of abuse of our elders that is 100% avoidable and preventable.  Often seen in the form of bedsores, pressure sores, malnutrition and the like, there are Federal and State laws in place to protect loved ones while being cared for at institutions.

Where Can I Learn More

If you feel you have been the subject of elder abuse, or know someone who has, contact us.  David Crawford understands the emotional nature of these cases and is passionate about holding those responsible for his clients’ afflictions accountable. If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent or abusive nursing home employee, do not hesitate to get in touch with David S. Crawford, Esq. He will work tirelessly to ensure that you achieve the compensation you deserve.

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