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As California goes gray, abuse escalates

California’s aging population raises a number of concerns, the most urgent of which is elder and nursing home abuse. The older the population, the greater the number of abuse cases. And California is not the only state to notice the correlation between an increasing number of seniors in care and an escalation in senior abuse.

Sadly, many seniors who face abuse on a daily basis do not report it. This is due, in part, to the fact that many abusers are family members, and the senior depends on them for care. The National Center on Elder Abuse indicates that many abusers are spouses, adult children, partners and other individuals within the family circle. Millions of seniors living across America are living in fear.

Consider the situation in Connecticut as an example. Fourteen percent of Connecticut’s residents are over the age of 65, and another 27 percent are turning 65 over the next 15 years. Social services and health care providers have warned that the larger the elderly and disabled population grows, the higher the risk that abuse and neglect become epidemic. There is an urgent need for competent caregivers.

U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics revealed that there are at least 2.15 million elder abuse cases every year. Annually, more than 9 percent of U.S. seniors are likely to experience some form of abuse, whether financial, physical, mental, emotional or psychological. 

Currently, the average age of an elder abuse victim is 77.9 years. With the average age rising each year thanks to new medical technology, the age of victims is bound to rise in tandem.

Will you be part of the solution? If you are aware of elder abuse in a private setting or in a nursing home facility, speak up and contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Stop the cycle of abuse.