One in 10 — it’s a number that definitely gets your attention. That’s how many seniors have been abused in some form at least once, according to a study quoted in a recent Associated Press story. That’s a scary number and it has the potential to rise because of demographic trends.
June 3rd, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Elder abuse, as with the abuse of any vulnerable person, is repulsive. We shouldn’t need a month set aside to draw attention to the issue, but we do. Yes, cases that reach the newspapers are important, but many, many cases of abuse do not reach the news. Elder abuse often goes unreported because the abused person can’t fight back, or may not even recognize that he or she is being abused.