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Prevent elder abuse and protect the older generation | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors

Eric M. Hoffman

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet, we fail to achieve this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused, neglected or exploited. The elder generation are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us and threatens the well-being of our community. Just as we confront and address the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address elder abuse.

Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abused or neglected each year, yet according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Community Living only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is brought to the attention of authorities. Elder “abuse” can take many forms including physical abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and theft.

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