27 May 2015

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Elder abuse a 'huge, expensive and lethal' problem for states

WASHINGTON -- We know that victims of elder abuse tend to be socially isolated, physically weakened and struggling to maintain their independence. They are reliant on family, friends or caregivers who violate their trust.
What we don't know, because elder abuse is underreported, is how big the problem really is.
There are no official national statistics on how many older people are mistreated physically, emotionally or financially. Definitions and methods of addressing the issue differ state to state, and even county to county. Nor is there a dedicated stream of federal dollars for Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies, which most states rely on to combat elder abuse. Each state has cobbled together its own funding and bureaucracy.
Nevertheless, advocates and officials say there is little doubt the problem is growing, driven in large part by the tremendous growth in the elderly population. 

THEIRS: Elder abuse becoming costly problem

When the wrong people have access to a vulnerable adult’s money, bad things can happen.
Those things, which fall under the category of financial exploitation, are only expected to increase as the population grows older. Many people hope to age at home, which could leave them hidden and particularly susceptible to mistreatment.

Casey Kasem's widow won't face elder abuse charges

(CNN)Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file elder abuse charges against the widow of iconic radio host Casey Kasem.
The district attorney's office said on a charge evaluation sheet given to the media Friday that Jean Kasem tried to ensure that her husband was continuously provided medical care.
A potential elder abuse charge would be impossible to prove in a criminal court, the document said.
The district attorney's office said it talked over its decision with Los Angeles police, who took over the case from their Santa Monica counterparts. LAPD agreed with the decision, according to the document. [No surprise there.]

Agency on Aging encourages awareness of elder abuse

Each year, an estimated 1 to 2 million older adults face injury, exploitation, or other mistreatment in the U.S. in the form of financial, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect, According to the National Council on Elder Abuse. Estimates show that only one in every 14 incidents of abuse or neglect are ever brought to the attention of law enforcement or elder abuse specialists. 

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