10 Percent Of Older People Have Been Victims Of Abuse

10 Percent Of Older People Have Been Victims Of Abuse

Abuse of older people, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

That figure, researchers note, is likely an underestimate, since it’s based on self-reported cases and its victims often suffer from dementia or are otherwise isolated from people who might notice something is wrong. But the estimate drives home how pervasive the problem is and how familiar its victims might be.

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