In our second week, it’s Throwback Thursday on our blog! Take some time to read one of our most popular blogs form several years ago. It highlights the important issue of elder abuse on the national scale! Please read the original article below:
- 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.