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Elder abuse: “too often, family members are the abusers.”


Elder abuse is the physical, emotional, sexual, or financial mistreatment of an elderly person, including neglect and abandonment. Most states have laws specifically addressing elder abuse, and most offer protective services for the elderly. Although many reported elder abuse cases occur in nursing homes, too often, family members are the abusers. The following resources cover the basics of elder abuse, explain the different types of abuse, and provide a list of warning signs along with contact information for reporting abuse. [Emphasis added]