Elder Abuse

National Center on Elder Abuse
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Statistics on Elder Abuse
(Posted July 29, 2017)
Elder abuse is any physical or psychological abuse of an older person.

“Feds Warn Nursing Homes Deadly”
(New York Post — September 2, 2017)
An alert issued Monday by the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services calls for urgent action.  It cites incidents in 33 states where residents were rushed to emergency rooms because of rape, broken bones or severe neglect.  The IG warned families to “visit your loved ones often” and “report potential cases of abuse or neglect o your local police.”

“Gov’t probe: Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law”
(Albuquerque Journal — August 28, 2017)
More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.

“Elder Abuse: ERs Learn How to Protect a Vulnerable Population”
(Kaiser Health News — August 28, 2017)
Because visits to the emergency room may be the only time an older adult leaves the house, staff in the ER can be the first line of defense….According to a New York study, as few as 1 in 24 cases of abuse against residents age 60 and older were reported to authorities.

“Elder abuse — a real and present danger”
(Mercatornet — August 28, 2017)
The Age newspaper published an online story last week that shows the depth of the abuse by children of an elderly person, pressing them to shed their assists in their favor…It’s a short step from that kind of behavior to subtle coercion that encourages an elderly parent to ask for assisted suicide.

“Financial abuse of elderly parents on the rise as housing becomes more unaffordable”
(Domain.com – The Age newspaper – August 27, 2017)
Parents are increasingly being bullied into downsizing prematurely…This “inheritance impatience” can have dire consequences on their lives…Some are forced into retirement villages too early.

“Renowned Neurosurgeon on Assisted Dying and His ‘Suicide Kit'”
(Medscape — April 27, 2017)
British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh favors euthanasia and assisted suicide.  He calls arguments against the practices grotesque.
“They argue that grannies will be made to commit suicide,” he said.  “Even if a few grannies get bullied into it, isn’t that the price worth paying for all the people who could die with dignity?”

“District Attorney Forms Elder Abuse Division”
(Nursing Home Law Center — April 26, 2016)
Preying on the elderly is a common problem in every city in the United States, including Las Vegas, where predators often attack the most vulnerable members of society.

“Elder Guardianship: A Shameful ‘Racket'”
(Diane Dimond — February 20, 2016)
Betty Winstanley is a well-spoken, elegant and wealthy 94-year-old widow.  And as she told me from her room at the Masonic Village retirement facility Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, “I feel like I am in prison. My life is a living hell.”
Welcome to America’s twisted world of court-appointed guardians for the elderly

“Ten Percent of Elders Abused”
(National Review — November 14, 2015)
The NEJM warns that 10 percent of older Americans are abused….Know this. Assisted suicide legalization will lead to the ultimate elder abuse — pressured death, and all under the color of law.

“Elder Abuse: The Size of the Problem”
(National Center on Elder Abuse)
The most recent major studies on incidence reported that 7.6% – 1o% of study participants experienced abuse in the prior year.  The study found an incidence of 1 in 10 adults experiencing abuse did not include financial abuse.
In the only national study that attempted to define the scope of elder abuse, the vast majority of abusers were family members (approximately 90%) most often adult children, spouses, partners, and others.