Why the Government is Concerned about Elder Abuse

Yesterday, the Administration for Community Living, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, issued a joint media release with the U.S. Department of Justice calling for action to address elder abuse.

This subject always makes me weary. I hate to think of seniors being abused by anyone – for any reason. It takes away the dignity that older Americans have earned through their hard work in society and their communities.

Elder Abuse - graphicBut the facts are clear that elder abuse is rising. Research suggests that 1 in 10 Americans over age 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect. People with dementia are at a higher risk for such abuse.

Though it is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, it’s important to have the conversation about elder abuse to daylight things we can do to protect our elderly parents – some of whom may be living at home alone.

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