Did You Know?

  • About 80% of abuse or neglect of older adults is hidden or goes undetected. Only about one in five cases of abuse come to the attention of community agencies or authorities.
  • Abuse is not limited to older adults of any particular culture, ethnic group, social background, or religion.
  • Spousal abuse can grow. It can start earlier in a relationship and continue into later life.
  • Older women are the victims in about two-thirds of the cases of abuse or neglect that come to the attention of community agencies.
  • Between 44% and 62% of abused older adults experience some level of depression. Up to 6% of abused older adults become severely depressed.
  • Living with abuse and neglect can also significantly increase the person's chances of becoming ill or may make other health problems worse.
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