According to the Administration on Aging’s National Center on Elder Abuse and UC Irvine’s Center on Excellence and Elder Abuse and Neglect, one in ten Americans age 60 and older experienced elder abuse in the last year. Read more about the study in the American Journal of Public Health. According to the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, for every elder abuse case reported to authorities, 23.5 are unreported. Annually, financial elder abuse and exploitation costs victims billions of dollars each year: $2.9 billion in 2009, a 12% increase from 2008. Read more about the costs here. According to JAMA Internal Medicine articles, victims of elder abuse are at greater risk of hospitalization and face a greater risk of dying sooner.
To commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and spread awareness of the ever-growing problem of elder abuse, visit the National Center on Elder Abuse by clicking here and the UC Irvine’s Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect by clicking here.