What is Elder Abuse?
Every day, older adults suffer from abuse, neglect and exploitation. This treatment causes or threatens to cause substantial harm to an individual. It often comes at the hands of the people they trust the most, such as spouses or partners, family members, caregivers, personal acquaintances or opportunistic strangers. With Georgia being the eleventh fastest growing population of those over the age 60 in the U.S., incidents are on the rise with expectations to increase as this group doubles in size to 83.7 million by 2050.
Older adults often become targets of abuse because they are more vulnerable to mental and physical weaknesses. Those with dementia or mental illness, substance abuse issues, disabilities or isolated lifestyles are at a higher risk. In order to prevent cases of elder abuse, learn the signs, stay connected with your loves ones and the people in their lives, and speak up if you suspect wrongdoing.