Elder Abuse Rate of Violence Against Them Increasing, Says CDC

 Elder abuse rate of violence against them is increasing, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a recent report.


As the number of American seniors, age 60 and older increases, the rate of violence against them is rising even faster. The statistics are alarming. For example, the rate of nonfatal assaults against men 60 and older increased by 75 percent between 2002 and 2016.

The rate of nonfatal assaults against women of that age rose by 35.4 percent from 2007 to 2016.

Homicide rates fro senior aged men rose 7 percent from 2010 to 2016 but went down for women by 10 percent.


These assaults were not random and for the most part not committed by strangers. Fifty-eight percent of the assailants were related to or knew the victim. For homicides, says the CDC, 46 percent of assaults were committed by a spouse or partner, parent, child, relative or friend.


Seniors are afraid to report physical assaults against them by a family member or acquaintance. Calling them out may result in the senior losing their independence and their home.

The bottom line, says the CDC, is that the growth rate in nonfatal assaults among seniors, per 100,000 population, is growing faster than the overall population growth rate.



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Elder Abuse: What You Can Do

If you have a loved one who s a senior citizen, living in their own home with a caregiver, the CDC asks that you be vigilant. Here are several of their recommendation:

  • Report suspected abuse to adult protective services agencies.
  • Educate yourself and others about how to recognize elder abuse.
  • Check in on those who may have fewer friends and family members.
  • When possible, involve more people than family members and formal caregivers in health care and financial matters.
  • Encourage and assist people including caregivers with drug or alcohol abuse to get help.
  • Avoid isolation. Participate in community events and family members
  • Be thorough in your search for a caregiver. Background checks, trusted agencies and


  • Avoid isolation by participating in community events, getting to know neighbors and staying in touch with your family.
  • Be selective with caregiver choices through background checks, trusted agencies and trusted family members or friends.



Elder Abuse: Set Up Report Protocol Similar To Child Abuse

The CDC study shows the need to strengthen violence prevention against older adults.


The are now working with hospitals and care centers to install protocols similar to when a child comes in with bruises that raise suspicions of abuse.

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