The U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that as of 2013, 44.7 million people in the U.S. were age 65 or older. As our loved ones age, they oftentimes fall victim to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation at the hands of spouses, children, family members, friends and caregivers. These issues effect our aging population from all socio-economic groups and walks of life. Elder abuse is not limited to the elderly, but also applies to dependent adults. What makes these cases even more heart breaking is that the victims are frequently too scared to notify anyone of the abuse or have become dependent upon the caregiver and are afraid they will be left to fend for themselves if they speak up.
The most common forms of elder abuse include physical abuse, elder neglect, sexual abuse and financial exploitation. If you suspect your loved one has been injured as a result of elder abuse or as a dependent adult, do not hesitate to contact Lieber & Lieber Law Group, LLP for a free consultation.