Elder abuse is estimated to affect 5 million Americans each year. The direct medical costs associated with violent injuries to elders are estimated to add more than $5.3 billion to the nation's annual health expenditure. Research suggests that one out of every 10 people 60 and older who live at home suffers abuse, neglect or exploitation. Only one in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported to authorities.
Tragically, elder abuse is also deadly. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, victims of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation have 3 times the risk of dying prematurely. PA currently ranks fourth in the nation in percentage of people 60 and older. As of the 2010 census, nearly 2.7 million Pennsylvanians were over 60 and that number is projected to continue to increase to 3.3.million by 2020.
Now is the time to put in place solutions which will allow older Pennsylvanians to age without worries that they will be abused or that their money will be stolen. Together we must learn the signs that indicate elder abuse and take steps to prevent it!
RED FLAGS of ABUSE:
The Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services can help:
110 E. Laurel Blvd, Pottsville PA 17901
You may also contact the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office by calling (570) 628-1350.
For further assistance, you may also call the Senior Helpline: 1-866-623-2137