- Elder abuse most often takes place in the home where the senior lives. It can also happen in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.
- Approximately 1.6 to 2 million seniors become victims of abuse or neglect in domestic and institutional settings in the U.S. every year.
- The four most common forms of elder abuse are physical abuse (including sexual abuse), psychological and emotional abuse, financial/material abuse, and neglect.
- Most elder abuse victims are dependent on their abuser for basic needs.
- At least 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of elder abuse.
- Seniors who have been abused have a 300 percent higher risk of death when compared to those who weren’t.
- In almost 90 percent of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member.
- Two-thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses.
- For every reported incident of elder abuse, five others go unreported.
- Almost 50 percent of seniors with dementia (a decline in mental ability. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia) experience some form of abuse.
- While 91 percent of federal abuse prevention dollars are spent on child abuse, 7 percent is spent on domestic abuse, and only 2 percent goes towards protecting the elderly.
- Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some type of elder abuse law.
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Sources: Elder Justice Now, Administration on Aging, Help Guide, Administration on Aging, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault