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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse – Elder Abuse is an increasing problem among women and men of all backgrounds and races. There is limited research on why elder abuse occurs or how to prevent it. Conditions likely to be associated with elder abuse include Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and isolation from the family. The majority of older persons are abused by family members, including spouses, according to data reported in the 2000 State Adult Protective Services Survey, of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). Elder abuse sometimes also occurs in nursing homes, especially if a client has infrequent visitors. Laws to protect elders from abuse vary from state-to-state. Unannounced or unexpected visits are especially helpful to decrease the probability of a loved one experiencing abuse in any setting. They also allow a person to see what care-giving conditions are like at different times of the day. Whether an elderly person resides at home or in an institution any suspected case should be reported to the local police department, the health department or agencies identified by the Eldercare Locator helpline at 1-800-677-1116. (More)

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