I missed an important date. Last Friday June 16, 2012:
Think elder abuse is just in Illinois? Guess again
Some of help offered from a side bar in the above article:
Preventing Abuse. First the elderly checklist: Call an attorney, Inform others, Standup for yourself, and be skeptical. Caregivers checklist. Pay attention, monitor relationships, call immediately if you suspect something, and tune in.
Think it is only an Illinois and Oregon problem? Following is a complete study of elderly abuse. Since it is an older study double the statistics you read in the report.
Since it is quite long here are the highlights:
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimated that more than a million (1,000,935) seniors suffered abuse or neglect in a single year
Female elders are abused at a higher rate than males, after accounting for their larger proportion in the aging population.
Our oldest elders (80 years and over) are abused and neglected at two to three times their proportion of the elderly population.
In almost 90 percent of the elder abuse and neglect incidents with a known perpetrator, the perpetrator is a family member, and two-thirds of the perpetrators are adult children or spouses.
Victims of self-neglect are usually depressed, confused, or extremely frail.
Here is a final link that has within in it a state by state listing of numbers to call to report elderly abuse.