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Elder Abuse

ELDER 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. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses – as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

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
  • There were nearly 60,000 elder abuse cases in Texas in 2019.
  • In 2019, Houston ranked 2nd in Texas for most elder abuse investigations.
  • According to the United Health Foundation’s 2019 American Health Ranking Senior Report, Texas Ranks
    40th in the nation for overall senior care and 50th in nursing home quality.
  • Females victims make up 64% of Texas elder abuse investigations.
  • There is a 16% depression rate amongst senior adults nationwide and this is the highest depression rate
    amongst this population in history.
  • Suicide rates amongst senior adult males has increased by 7% and 16% for senior adult females nationwide
    from 2013 to 2019.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only 1 in 20 cases of physical abuse to elders is reported.

Crime Stoppers provides helpful Elderly Abuse Prevention Tips.

Elderly Abuse Prevention Tips

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