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What is Elder Abuse and Neglect?
Elder abuse and neglect are actions committed against an older adult who cannot protect themselves because of a physical ailment or cognitive issues.
Abuse is physical, verbal or sexual harm inflicted in a senior and endangers their health and emotional stability.
How Widespread Is Nursing Home Abuse?
It ‘s hard to get an accurate picture of how widespread nursing home abuse and neglect is because many victims don’t report it. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimates that 9.5 percent of older adults in the U.S. are subjected to elder abuse including neglect, sexual abuse or financial exploitation. Nearly 58 percent of seniors surveyed by the NCEA said they were the victims of neglect and over 15 percent were subjected to physical abuse. A 2010 study by the advocacy group found that 47 percent participants were abused or neglected by a caregiver.
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