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Who’s More at Risk of Elder Abuse?

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While elder abuse affects swaths of seniors across the country, there are certain individuals who are more at risk of being targeted for abuse.

Learn who these individuals are and how you can protect your elderly relatives if they fall into this category.

Higher Risk Factors for Elder Abuse

Elder abuse involves a single or repeated act occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust that causes harm to an elderly person.

According to the World Health Organization, elder abuse is startlingly common, with two in three nursing home and long-term care facility staff reporting that they have committed abuse in the last year.

Certain individuals are more likely to become the targets of abuse. These individuals include those with the following characteristics:

  • Those in shared living conditions
  • Those with poor physical and mental health
  • A history of poor family relationships

Additionally, those more likely to commit elder abuse include individuals with the following characteristics:

  • Mental disorders and alcohol or drug abuse
  • Dependency on an older person
  • Working in an institution where the staff is poorly trained and overworked

Suspect Elder Abuse? We’re Here to Help

If you believe your elderly loved one has fallen victim to abuse, our attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere are here to help.

We have helped families across the nation hold perpetrators of elder abuse accountable for their actions. We’re here to fight for you, too.

Contact us today at (800) 328-2630 to schedule a free case review with our team.

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