09 August 2012|
Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States. Whether it involves physical or emotional abuse, neglect, financial abuse, or healthcare fraud and abuse, there are, by some estimates, more than 6 million cases of elder abuse every year—few of which are ever reported to the authorities. California alone accounts for roughly 11% of all elder abuse cases in the U.S.
Often, elder abuse victims are female, but men are frequently abused as well, and those who are suffering from declining mental health may be particularly vulnerable. Perpetrators can include adult children or other relatives, spouses or caregivers. The unfortunate reality is that elder abuse can happen to any older adult, regardless of their gender, socio-economic status or other factors. However, members of the LGBT community may be even more at risk, for a variety of reasons.