Unknown to many, an organization known as the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), is a branch of the Administration on Aging. The NCEA has compiled a wealth of information regarding elder abuse across the country and where our country seems to be headed on the topic in the future. Some of the most interesting results of their research can be found below. I strongly urge you to check out their website at http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Library/Data/index.aspx for more information and to read the entire compilation!
Here are some interesting pieces of data collected by the NCEA:
- The 2010 US Census recorded both the greatest number and proportion of people 65+ years old in the entire census history. This amounts to 40.3 million elderly residents.
- By 2050, the population will most likely be 20% comprised of people aged 65 and older.
- Data from the Adult Protective Services (APS) reports an increase in the number of reports of elder abuse in the past several years. They expect that this trend will continue.
- Only about 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse come to the attention of authorities. Some report this statistic to be as high as 1 in 24 cases.
- Financial exploitation is the highest self-reported form of elder abuse.
- The majority of those who engage in elder abuse are family members, at a percentage of about 90% of all reported elder abuse cases.
- The proportion of abuse of the elderly with disabilities is particularly high, as well as those with dementia and those who live in nursing homes or long-term assisted living facilities.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-515-9074 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com. Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.