Elders are frequently very reticent to tell anyone about the abuse. Sometimes because it's a spouse, son or daughter who is abusing them and they fear involving the police because of the impact on someone they love. Sometimes they are afraid of losing their independence. And often it's because they were raised in a time when private matters were kept private.
|This graph from the National Center on Elder Abuse shows the increasing |
numbers of people 65+ and 85+ in the US.