Saturday, May 7, 2011
The study found that for every reported case of financial exploitation of elders, 43.9 cases went unreported. Similarly, for every reported case of elder neglect, 57.2 cases went unreported. However, the number of abused elders may be even higher than the survey reflects as the study did not include individuals unable to participate.
The National Adult Protective Services Association said the study’s findings demonstrate the need for the funding of the Elder Justice Act, a comprehensive federal law enacted as part of the legislation for health reform. To date, Congress has yet to fund the Act.
The full study will be available after its release by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
See Study Finds that Elder Abuse is More Prevalent than Previously Thought, ElderLawAnswers, Nov. 24, 2010.