According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 65-and-older population has grown rapidly since 2010, thanks to aging Baby Boomers. Be it Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, or Vascular Dementia, research indicates that almost half of individuals afflicted with dementia experience abuse or neglect.
Disabled adults often suffer interpersonal violence – and sadly, such violence can be meted out by beloved family members, strangers, and/or caregivers entrusted with serving the needs of the elderly and disabled.
Emerging from a year or more of sheltering in place in light of COVID-19, and the Delta and Lambda variants that have followed, depression and anxiety have increased, both for the disabled and for their caretakers, making for a potentially volatile situation. Isolation occasioned by the Pandemic – or simply by growing older or being disabled – has translated to being alone, being unable to reach out for protection against physical violence, to share financial fears, and/or to assure proper health maintenance. Older adults and disabled adults who may have cognitive and/or physical issues are susceptible to potential abuse and neglect.
Join Elisa Reiter, a Senior Attorney with Underwood Perkins, P.C., as she presents an overview of building a case regarding elder abuse, neglect, and how to address financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled.