Approximately one in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as five million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only one in 24 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
At least 10% of adults age 65 and older will experience some form of elder abuse in a given year, with some older adults simultaneously experiencing more than one type of abuse.
Quick Statistics on Elder Abuse At least 1 out of 10 adults over the age of 65 suffers from at least one type of abuse each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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.
Neglect is the most common form of child abuse which affects about 60% of child abuse victims. 1 Neglect is defined as a parent or guardian fails to provide for their child’s basic needs. Forms of neglect include medical, educational, physical, and emotional neglect.
Even with mandatory reporting laws, elder abuse is believed to be an underreported crime. Some of the reasons that elders may not report include: Being unable to report, due to physical or mental ability. Fearing that reporting the abuse will end with them being placed in an institution.
Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult, their financial exploitation, or neglect of their welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care.
Quick Facts About Elder Abuse According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), elders are more likely to self-report financial exploitation than emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect. According to the NCEA, neglect is the most common type of elder abuse.
Elder abuse generally falls into one of three categories:
According to Rodrigues, reports of elderly abuse have gone down substantially since the start of the pandemic. He said they received 603 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation in February. In April, it was 340. That’s a 44% decline.
Elder abuse can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on where the crime is committed and how serious it is. An example of misdemeanor elder abuse may be reckless neglect, while an example of felony elder abuse might be violence against an older adult at a nursing home.
Isolation of both older people and carers is a known risk factor for elder abuse. Examples include restricted or minimal contact with others, spiritual support, sharing time with friends, family or neighbours.
Signs and symptoms of elder abuse can include: Injuries such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones. Malnourishment or weight loss. Poor hygiene. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, or confusion.
Emotional or psychological abuse Emotional abuse often coexists with other forms of abuse, and it is the most difficult to identify. Many of its potential consequences, such as learning and speech problems and delays in physical development, can also occur in children who are not being emotionally abused.
The National Center on Elder Abuse distinguishes between seven different types of elder abuse. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial/material exploitation, neglect, abandonment, and self-neglect. Physical abuse.