Elder Abuse, Including Neglect, on the Rise as World’s Population Begins to Age

December 23, 2013 | by The Associated Press | Daily News

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Elder abuse often slides into invisibility despite its growing urgency. This Daily News article sheds light on the issue. While elder abuse is difficult to quantify, dozens of studies and hundreds of interviews reviewed by the Associated Press show that tens of millions of elders are victims of neglect or abuse. Furthermore, many of these elders suffer from poverty or suicidal tendencies.

Elder abuse often slides into invisibility despite its growing urgency. This Daily News article sheds light on the issue. While elder abuse is difficult to quantify, dozens of studies and hundreds of interviews reviewed by the Associated Press show that tens of millions of elders are victims of neglect or abuse. Furthermore, many of these elders suffer from poverty or suicidal tendencies. The Associated Press calls for more research, federal funding, and legal reforms in order to protect the elderly worldwide.

NCCD is committed to preventing and intervening in the maltreatment of adults; we work closely with adult protective services (APS) agencies to ensure the best allocation of limited resources. To read our recent feature about our APS work, click here.