As your loved one ages, it is important for you to understand how often elder abuse happens to be aware of the signs of elder abuse.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 22, 2012
According to a recent USA Today article, the segment of the U.S. population that is growing older is expanding faster than ever. The number of people who are living beyond age 90 has tripled in the past three decades to 2 million — and that figure is expected to quadruple by 2050, based on estimates compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, the rising elderly population also brings with it a rise in the frequency and occurrence of elder abuse.
The elderly, who are often physically or mentally disabled, can become prime targets for con artists and others who would take advantage of them. More often than not, our elderly loved ones are suffering abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with their care and well-being – such as nurses, hospice care workers, assisted living employees and nursing home workers. Because the caretakers themselves are perpetuating the abuse, statistics collected by the National Academy of Sciences show that only one in 14 instances of elder abuse is ever reported.
Elder abuse can certainly include physical and sexual abuse, but is not limited to that. It can also include neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation. For example, former Hollywood child star Mickey Rooney testified in Congress that he had been the victim of financial exploitation by his stepson. Rooney’s testimony shined a spotlight on a troubling fact: that often, the perpetrators of elder abuse are family members, friends and those who are supposed to be caring for the individual.
Centers Protecting Seniors Who Have Fallen Prey to Elder Abuse
There are a few senior care centers around the country that are designed solely to care for and protect seniors that have been the victim of elder abuse. These centers first appeared in the mid 2000s with the opening of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale right here in New York City. The Weinberg Program is the current model for how every other senior abuse care center is operated. However, as pointed out in the USA Today article, there are only a half-dozen of these homes in the entire U.S.
Laura Mosqueda, co-director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, told USA Today that there needs to be much more awareness of elder abuse. Mosqueda, and the Council seek to increase public awareness of the problem "until everybody in this country understands everybody can be a victim, everybody can be an abuser."
As loved ones age, it is important to understand how often elder abuse happens in order to be aware of the signs of elder abuse.
About the Firm
The New York nursing home neglect attorneys at Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman have represented thousands of injured New Yorkers in the past 40 years. The firm handles personal injury cases throughout New York City and the five boroughs, including cases involving nursing home negligence, elder abuse, slip-and-falls, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, defective medical devices and dangerous drugs. If your loved one is living in a nursing home or assisted living center and you believe that he or she may have fallen victim to abuse or neglect, contact the office today for a free consultation. Call 917-338-5523 or visit the firm's website.