Elder Abuse is the Mistreatment of an Older Person.
What is Elder Abuse?
Abuse of an older person can be physical, emotional or sexual. It also includes neglect and financial exploitation.
From a lack of appropriate services and community support, to negative stereotypes, elder abuse stems from our social structures.
Elder abuse affects us all. Older people pay the price physically, emotionally and practically and society pays in health and legal costs.
Elder abuse isn’t just down to individuals. It’s our responsibility, as a society, to reduce the risks and address the injustices that threaten older people’s health, security and happiness.
What You Should Know About Elder Abuse
The impact on older people
Millions of older people in our country are abused, neglected and exploited. They may be robbed of their dignity, or of their savings. They risk losing their health, peace of mind, or even their lives.
A national epidemic
An estimated 10% of older adults are abused each year in the US. It doesn’t only happen in their own homes, but in nursing homes, which are supposed to give them care and security.Learn More
The effect on others
Those who witness or suspect elder abuse suffer too. The stress of knowing a victim can range from financial – as they try to help someone who’s being exploited – to emotional – as they try to protect them.Learn More