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Elder and Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.
The National Center on Elder Abuse tracks elder abuse in the U.S., and according to their data the most common types of abuse include:
Self-neglect- 26.7 percent
Psychological abuse- 13.6 percent
Physical abuse- 12.5 percent
Sexual Abuse-7 percent
Financial exploitation- 20.8 percent
There is no set profile to identify a person who is likely to abuse a nursing home resident or senior, but there are some behaviors that make someone more inclined to lash out or neglect a senior. Traits typical among persons who abuse the elderly according to the National Institute of Justice include:
Uses violence to solve problems or get an outcome they desire.
Feels like the world owes them something.
Uses manipulation and coercion to get a result.
History of substance or alcohol abuse.
Perpetrators of elder abuse include:
32.6 percent- Adult children of the victim (NCEA)
11.3 percent- Spouses (NCEA)
21.5 percent-Other relatives
16.3 percent- Strangers
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