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One in 10 Americans age 60 and older are the victims of elder abuse

Breaking Down the Seven Types of Elder Abuse

Caregivers play an important role in protecting not just a loved one’s health, but their overall safety and wellness as well. According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans age 60 and older are the victims of elder abuse, but only around one in every 24 cases of abuse is reported. In cases when a loved one is unable or even unwilling to report, caregivers may be the person in the best position to get help. However, it can be hard to identify the problem if we are unfamiliar with the types of actions that qualify as abuse.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2021

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Recognizing the Risks and Red Flags of Elder Abuse

Those who are assisting older loved ones likely try to do everything they can to keep that loved one safe, such as making sure they have a list of emergency contacts or assessing whether they can still safely operate a vehicle. However, sometimes the greatest threats to a loved one can be a person, whether family members, fellow caregivers, medical staff, complete strangers or even themselves. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately one in ten Americans aged 60 or older have experienced some form of elder abuse.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2021

Ejaz, F., Rose, M., & Reynolds, C. (2020, August). Research to Practice (R2P) Series Brief: A Novel Intervention to Identify and Report Suspected Abuse in Older, Primary Care Patients. National Adult Protective Services Association. https://www.napsa-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/R2P-Brief-A-Novel-Intervention-to-Identify-and-Report-Suspected-Abuse-in-Older-Primary-Care-Patients.pdf

Ejaz, F. K., Rose, M., Reynolds, C., Bingle, C., Billa, D., & Kirsch, R. (2020). A Novel Intervention to Identify and Report Suspected Abuse in Older, Primary Care Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68, 1748–1754. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16433

An older adult frustrated by robocalls

What We Can Do about Robocalls

The term robocall has been around since the 1990s, but in the last few years, they’ve become an ever-present part of our lives. According to the YouMail Robocall Index, in 2018, 47.8 billion robocalls were placed in the US, and just in the first half of 2019, 34 billion calls were made. You’re not imagining that it’s gotten worse – it has.

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By Jessica Bibbo | 02/17/2020

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