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About Elder Abuse

In the United States, it is estimated that over 10% of those age 65 and older experience some form of elder abuse in a given year.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is an intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult.  It is a term used to describe five subtypes:

The trauma of elder abuse can result in premature death, the deterioration of physical and psychological health, destruction of social and familial ties, devastating financial loss and more. Older adults are being mistreated in multiple settings (homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities) by family members, friends and neighbors, professionals, and strangers. The EJI provides several scenarios and red flags to help the public understand the five types of abuse.

An elder abuse case has many stages from the incident through investigationprosecution, and victim recovery. The EJI seeks to improve outcomes at each stage by providing resources, training and information, and by promoting a multidisciplinary response to elder abuse.