For Iowa families with a beloved family member under the watch of a caretaker, it will be alarming to discover that one out of 10 elderly Americans is the victim of elder abuse or neglect. A report from the National Center on Elder Abuse revealed this statistic just recently. Even more concerning, however, is the fact that there are many cases of elder abuse that go unreported.
Elder abuse can come in many different forms, and it is not limited to situations where an elderly person is living at a nursing home. Oftentimes, frustrated caretakers, including relatives, become so overwhelmed and frustrated with their responsibilities in caring for an elderly person that they become abusive, harming their victims physically. However, other forms of abuse are common, including mental abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse.