An article in The Atlantic highlighted several tragic stories of elder abuse and neglect in California that resulted from family caregivers receiving support from the publicly funded In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS). In this blog we explore four key limitations of these programs that can lead to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and identify ways that the elder justice field can help to protect these beneficiaries. More →
The NYC Elder Abuse Center defines elder abuse as a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate actions, which causes harm, risk of harm, or distress to an individual 60 years or older and occurs:
a) within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust; or
b) when the targeted act is directed towards an elder person by virtue of age or disabilities.
Elder abuse can be intentional or unintentional, can take various forms, and includes but is not limited to physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation.