Elder Abuse: Information & Statistics

  • Dan T. Matrafajlo
  • Mon Nov 2021
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Elder abuse is a serious concern that affects many elderly Americans each year. One way to prevent abuse of our elderly, vulnerable population is to educate more people about the issues surrounding this type of abuse. 

The more we are aware of the signs of elder abuse, the more likely it will be prevented and we can reduce the number of abuse. Learning about the statistics surrounding elder abuse can help us understand the bigger picture.

Elder Abuse Defined

In order to gain a deeper understanding of elder abuse issues, it is important to first learn exactly what constitutes elder abuse. Elder abuse is a term that refers to any willful, intentional or negligent action by a caregiver or any other individual that harms or places a vulnerable adult in risk of harm. Some common types of elder abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abandonment
  • Self-neglect

Elder Abuse Statistics

Elder abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security and in some cases cost them their lives. Every year, hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans are abused, neglected and exploited. Most elder abuse victims are frail and vulnerable, and depend on others to meet there most basic daily needs. Elder abuse perpetrators are generally those the victims trust and depend on for some type of daily need. 

Below are some key facts reported by the World Health Organization that should shed light on the elder public health problems:

  • Around 1 in 6 people 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year.
  • Rates of elder abuse are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with 2 in 3 staff reporting that they have committed abuse in the past year.
  • Rates of elder abuse have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
  • The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

Call a New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney Today!

The legal team at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.

If you suspect a loved one has become the victim of elder abuse, you need an experienced and caring legal advocate on your side. Our experienced New Jersey elder abuse attorneys are available to personally review your case.  Call us at 908-355-7100 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.

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