Did You Know...?
It is estimated that more than 1 in 10 older adults 60+ experience some form of abuse
Abused elders have a 300% higher risk of premature death compared to those who have not been mistreated
One study estimated that only 1 in 23.5 cases of elder abuse are reported to the authorities
Elder financial abuse costs older Americans $36.5 billion annually
In 90% of cases, the abuser is a family member (two-thirds of the time it is a spouse or child)
People with dementia are especially vulnerable because the disease may prevent them from recognizing and/or reporting abuse.
They are also more likely to fall prey to strangers taking advantage of their cognitive impairment
YOU are the most important asset to helping end elder abuse.
Statistics according to the National Council on Aging