I am writing a two-part article about a subject that isn’t talked about often; however, it is a growing problem that needs to be discussed — elder abuse.
Elder abuse includes physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity. Any older adult, in any family, could experience elder abuse. Sometimes individuals bear responsibility for the abuse. Sometimes ineffective systems bear the responsibility.
I have researched a variety of studies and have learned the following:
• One out of every 10 people ages 60 and older who live at home suffers abuse, neglect or exploitation.
• About half of people with dementia suffer from abuse or neglect by their caregivers.
• Cognitive impairment reduces financial capacity, increasing financial exploitation.