Our senior years should be a time of comfort, security and safety. Sadly, many older Americans are being victimized by those who should be caring for them. Here’s what to do if you discover elder abuse.
The United States has a shocking elder abuse problem, and it’s only getting worse. The latest federal health reports show a 75 percent increase in abusive behavior toward elderly men and a 35 percent increase against women. The World Health Organization has discovered that 2 out of 3 so-called caregivers admit to committing elder abuse in the last year.
What’s even more concerning is the statistics may be even higher than that. Many cases go unreported because they’re handled by private doctors, covered up by abusers or the victims are too scared or vulnerable to speak up. [Read more…]