Emotional abuse, defined as the infliction of mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person, either through verbal or nonverbal acts, is the most common form of elder abuse reported to protective agencies. Physical abuse and financial exploitation are regarded as the second and third most commonly substantiated type of elder abuse.
According to statistics from the Department of Justice, at least 11% percent of the population over the age of 60 have experienced some kind of elder abuse within the previous year. In nearly 90% of the reported cases of elder abuse in which the abuser is known, the abuser is a family member.
As you suspect, elder abuse most often takes place where seniors reside: often in the home where abusers are family members, or in institutional settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Elder women and our oldest seniors, age 80 and over, are more likely to be victimized.
Sadly, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association, the actual number of elder abuse cases in the total older population is likely higher because the many cases go unreported.
In fact, for every one reported case of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, at least five others go unreported. In another study, investigators found that there are 23 unreported cases to every one reported to any agency.
As the population grows, so does the problem. Elder abuse reports have increased by over 20% in the previous decades.
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused at a Georgia nursing home, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our experienced trial lawyers today.