At least one in five senior citizens will suffer financial elder abuse - this from a study by the Investor Protection Trust, an advocacy group for victims of scams. In what is described as "the crime of the 21st century," financial elder abuse is a growing phenomenon due to the increase in our population of senior citizens.
If you have an ongoing case of potential elder abuse, the Probate Court can obtain an APS Report.
Some signs of elder abuse, like physical violence, are easier to spot than others. At times it can be difficult to see clear indications of other phenomena that are just as harmful - here we're speaking of isolation and emotional abuse.
Elder abuse is a phenomenon that often goes unnoticed in our communities, even in its most concrete form: physical assault and neglect. As terrible as it sounds, violence and cruel, neglectful behavior are very real actions often perpetrated against senior citizens.