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Tips for reporting on elder abuse

Liz Seegert
Liz Seegert

Elder abuse was a key agenda item at this year’s White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA). While much of that panel discussion focused on financial exploitation, this is only one type of abuse that an older person might suffer.

It’s estimated that between 1 million and 5 million older adults (or 1 in 10 people age 60 years or older) has suffered from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, are neglected or abandoned. If financial abuse is included, the figure is closer to two in 10. Major financial exploitation was self-reported at a rate of 41 per 1,000 surveyed, higher than self-reported rates of other types of abuse, according to the Administration on Aging.

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