How many older Americans are abused?Approximately one in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as five million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only one in 24 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Who are the abusers of older adults?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.
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.
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. While likely under-reported, estimates of elder financial abuse and fraud costs to older Americans range from $2.6 billion to $36.5 billion annually. Yet, financial exploitation is self-reported at rates higher than emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect.
Elder abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and—in some cases—costs them their lives. Up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.
All information collected from https://www.ncoa.org/article/get-the-facts-on-elder-abuse
The Elder Maltreatment Alliance is a non-profit community group that advocates, educates and provides awareness in the community to prevent elder abuse. Members have a strong desire to assist in eliminating elder abuse. Meetings are open to anyone interested in advocating. Current membership includes professionals from law enforcement and emergency response, banks, attorneys, nursing and assisted living facilities, home health agencies, social service agencies, hospitals colleges and the Area Agency on Aging.
We serve Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties
To coordinate a community-wide cooperative response to the ethical concerns regarding at-risk older adults, while enhancing supports and education to providers.