Today we have compiled a few assorted facts about elder abuse.
Q: Who is most likely to experience elder abuse?
A: Women are 66% more likely to be affected by Elder Abuse.
Q: What types of elder abuse are most common?
A: In Contra Costa County, according to Adult Protective Services in 2019-2020 allegations of self-neglect were the most common allegation made followed by financial abuse as the second more common form of elder abuse. However, elder abuse can span multiple categories including physical, emotional, neglect, abandonment, sexual abuse, and financial abuse.
Q: Who is most likely to perpetrate elder abuse?
A: Family members (esp. adult children), caregivers, friends, financial advisors/lawyers, strangers and scam artists.
Q: How is the pandemic exacerbating elder abuse?
A: Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many factors that can lead to increased elder abuse. For many it has resulted in more social isolation, increased financial hardship, heightened reliance on family caregivers, added stress in the household (as some adult children have been forced to move back in with their senior parents), and increased burdens on caregivers who may be torn between their own family responsibilities (which may have increased as schools closed) and their caregiving job.
Q: How can seniors protect themselves from abuse?
A: In some cases, but definitely not all, obtaining an Elder Abuse Restraining Order may be an option. CCSLS may be able to help. Please call our office at 925-609-7900 with your questions. Additional resources for support include:
- Lawyer Referral in Contra Costa County: 925-825-5700 (referrals to lawyers)
- Covia Well Connected: 925-456-7400 (provides phone & online community for seniors)
- Friendship Line: 1-800-971-0016 (free talk line to support seniors in crisis)