Each year, more than half a million cases of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities. Sadly, millions more cases go unreported, and elder abuse is a problem even in quiet towns like Annapolis.
According to a recent study, elder abuse is on the rise, and almost all elder abuse takes place at the hands of loved ones and trusted friends. 90% of elderly Americans are abused by friends, family members, and neighbors. Abuse of the elderly can take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Many elderly Americans are also victims of fraud and financial exploitation. In 2010, more than 5 million cases were documented, which comprises 10% of the elderly population. If you are concerned about an aging friend or family member, contact a law firm that handles elder abuse cases and ask for a consultation with an experienced lawyer.