Why does elder abuse most commonly occur in the community?
Abuse is more likely to happen when the family is going through a period of high stress, including the stress of looking after the older person.
The abuser may not allow people to visit or talk to the older person.
The older person may be isolated from the community, social services, and even from other family members..
What is considered abuse of the elderly?
Abuse of seniors is a major societal issue. Abuse means an action, or deliberate behaviour, by a person (s) in a position of trust, such as an adult child, family member, friend or care giver, that causes an adult: Physical, emotional or mental harm; and/or. Damage to, or loss of, assets or property.
Where do I report elder financial abuse?
If you want to report elder financial abuse, contact your local county APS Office (PDF). Abuse reports may also be made to you local law enforcement agency. The following forms are to assist you in filing your report of suspected dependent adult or elder abuse.
Where is elder abuse most common?
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.
Who is most likely to abuse the elderly?
Although more research is needed, most cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by known and trusted others, particularly family members (including adult children, spouses, and others). Abusers can be men or women, of any age, race, or socio-economic status.
What is the fastest growing form of elder abuse?
Financial fraud is the fastest growing form of elder abuse. Broadly defined, financial elder abuse is when someone illegally or improperly uses a vulnerable senior’s money or other property.