Elder Maltreatment as a Serious Problem

  • Thousands of elderly are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, although exact numbers remain unknown in part because of a lack of reporting. For every reported case of elder abuse, authorities estimate that between 14 to 24 cases go unreported.11
  • Many elderly, especially those who depend on others to help them meet their basic needs, face maltreatment by spouses, family members, personal acquaintances, professionals in positions of trust, or opportunistic strangers who prey on the vulnerable.12