Elder abuse is a crime hidden from public view, but we should recognize it as a clear and present danger to California families and communities. Regardless of socioeconomic status, whether they're wealthy or poor, senior citizens are vulnerable. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, California constitutes 11% of all elder abuse cases across the United States. And with the fastest-expanding population of senior citizens in America, California's problem of elder abuse is only going to grow.
One in ten elderly Californians are likely to be victimized, and the forms of abuse are more diverse than you might think. Not only should we consider physical battery and neglect, the results of which are terrible enough - there are also other less noticeable types of this crime. Isolation, emotional manipulation and intimidation are often used as vehicles of undue influence, itself a common method of gaining access to the victim's money - elder financial abuse. And while caretakers, financial professionals, lawyers and others have all been guilty of exploitation, the most frequent culprits are unfortunately family members.
Whatever our position may be - from family members and caretakers to attorneys, bank employees and other professionals - Californians must mount a team effort in each of their communities against elder abuse.
Preventing elder abuse in its various forms is the responsibility of each of us. So let's prove that we're up to the challenge - keep an eye out for signs that something's not right with aging relatives, patients, or business clients, and speak out against suspected wrongdoing to adult protective services or law enforcement. We as Californians can do better to hold bad actors accountable and protect our elderly loved ones.
Hackard Law represents victims of elder abuse throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alameda, and San Diego. We take action in civil litigation to punish wrongdoers and attain recovery for victims. If your elderly loved one has suffered abuse, you can reach us at 916-313-3030. We look forward to seeing how we can help you.