Elderly Abuse

ELDERLY ABUSE  is any abuse and neglect of persons age 60 and older by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust.

The number of senior citizens in our city continues to grow and new forms of elder abuse and exploitation constantly appear. Just like everyone our elderly population has the right be safe and needs to be embraced and protected by our community:

  • More than 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse
  • Only 1 in 23.5 cases reported to any agency
  • 4% of the U.S. population is age 65+
  • As high as 5 million elders are abused each year
  • Approximately 2/3 of victims are women
  • Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some type of elder abuse law
  • 90% of abusers are family members, 2/3 of perpetrators are adult children or spouses
  • The National Research Council estimates that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities
  • Close to 50% of elders with dementia experience some kind of abuse
  • Most victims are dependent on their abuser for basic needs
  • Elders who experienced mistreatment had a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who had not been mistreated
  • According to Adult Protective Services in 2012:
    • 90% of allegations of maltreatment that are validated in APS in-home cases include neglect
    • In-home cases investigated has increased 35% in the past decade
    • Out of the 87,487 investigations of abuse that occurs at home – 59,595 were validated
  • Percentages of elder abuse offender mistreatment
    • 57% from a partner or spouse
    • 19% from an acquaintance
    • 10% from a child/grandchild
    • 9% from other relative
    • 3% from stranger
    • 2% of victims refused to answer

Crime Stoppers provides helpful Elderly Abuse Prevention Tips.