Watching your relatives age is already a difficult experience. This difficult experience can turn into a nightmare when a caregiver takes advantage of someone you love.
Elder abuse includes physical and mental abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Elder abuse is a growing problem in this country. According to the Department of Justice, every year, five million Americans are the victims of elder abuse. As the baby boomers age, the problem is only likely to get worse.
Over the summer, the U.S. Department of Justice released the Elder Justice Roadmap. The Roadmap compiles research findings and outlines suggestions for combating elder abuse.
Elder abuse can be difficult to recognize because victims are often unaware that they are being abused. Individuals with dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse by caregivers. The Justice Department estimates that only one in twenty-four cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities.
As a family member, the best thing you can do is to learn the signs of elder abuse. The Red Flags of Abuse Fact Sheet is a free resource published by the National Center on Elder Abuse.
If you suspect a loved one may be a victim of elder abuse, The Cartwright Law Firm can help. We are dedicated to helping families through the painful process of recovering assets and obtaining justice. To discuss your options, receive advice, or bring legal action, contact us today for a free consultation.