Elder abuse is the abuse or neglect of a senior citizen by his or her family, caretakers, or nursing home staff. While it is unthinkable that your loved one’s long-term care facility would harm them intentionally or neglect their care, it is far more common than you might think. One study from 1993 surveyed Certified Nursing Assistants at a nursing home, and it reported that 17% of them pushed or grabbed a resident at some point. In 2010, another study revealed that 50% of nursing home staffers mistreated a patient in the last 12 months.
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Abuse of seniors continues happening among long-term care facilities and nursing homes throughout the United States. Trends show that neglect is increasing as the population grows older, the life expectancy increases, and more people are dependent on assisted living and caretakers. As of 2010, 13% of the population was 65 or older—by 2050, nearly 1 in 5 of all U.S. residents will be older than 85. Preventing further abuse requires us to report it when it happens and hold negligent organizations accountable in a court of law.
Elder abuse is not limited to physical mistreatment like shoving, grabbing, or pushing. Abuse can also be emotional or psychological, financial, and sexual. One study found that any type of abuse was likely to cause a senior’s lack of health and well-being—abused elders are 300% more likely to die in the two years following abuse than those who do not experience mistreatment.
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