5 Myths About Elder Abuse from Elder Abuse Attorneys
Written by Cooper & Friedman on August 5, 2016
Currently, the world’s elderly population makes up 8.5 percent of the entire population. By 2050, the U.S. Census Reports have estimated that this population will grow to 17 percent. This large increase is a result of the expansive baby boomer generation getting older over the next four decades.
With the increase in the elderly population, there will likely be a greater need for senior care. This may include children caring for their aging parents, in-home care from paid caregivers, or nursing home / senior placements.
Figuring out the best senior care option for a loved one is often times confusing and emotional. And many of the uncertain and even negative feelings may stem from safety concerns. And these are not unfounded. Turn on the news and you’re sure to hear one of the hundreds of stories about elderly getting taken advantage of at a nursing home or even under the care of family members.
Arming yourself with factual information about elder abuse can help you navigate this important issue. Follow along for some common myths about elder abuse, from an elder abuse attorney.
- It is uncommon. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to elder abuse. Studies have shown that nearly 5 million elderly adults are abused each year. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has been the victim of abuse, according the National Council on Aging.
- There is only one type of elder abuse. There are actually 7 different types of elder abuse. These categories include: physical, sexual, emotional abuse, negligence, willful deprivation and financial exploitation.
- It can be easily detected. Because of the different types of elder abuse, including something more invisible like financial exploitation, mistreatment can go undiagnosed for quite some time. Adult daughters or sons, should be aware of the physical, emotional or mental changes that may be involved. Paying attention to an elder’s finances and living conditions can help prevent abuse.
- Elder abuse only affects those in lower income living situations. This is definitely not the case. Many elders from all socioeconomic classes fall victim to fraudulent investments or callers looking for “donations.” Depending on the situation, it may be advisable to protect your parent’s money by offering to help with their finances. Every elderly person can be a victim of abuse; elder abuse is not dependent on a person’s financial status.
- Nurses and professional caregivers are the only people abusing the elderly. Actually, approximately 90 percent of elder abuse cases involve family members, according to the NCOA. Family members are often responsible for financial exploitation, mental and emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to surround your elderly family member with people that can provide trustworthy and loving support and care.
Cooper & Friedman Can Help
If you or a loved one has been or currently is the victim of elder abuse, get the legal help you deserve. The elder abuse attorneys at the Cooper & Friedman law firm in Louisville, Kentucky, have been fighting for the rights of mistreated seniors in Kentucky and Indiana. With an A+ BBB Rating, and over 45 combined years of experience, the Cooper and Friedman law firm understands the legal issues involved with elder abuse cases.
For a free case consultation with an elder abuse attorney, or for more information, call 502-459-7555 now.