So how bad is this problem? What is the scope of elder abuse in the United States today? Yesterday we covered Virginia... It was bad enough here. National statistics are probably pretty shocking. To be honest, I stopped looking after I typed in "worst case of elder abuse" on Google and hit the search button. The search turned up over 8 MILLION records. Some of the news reports and video stories were horrific. I had to stop myself from watching after the first few.
Really, we know its a bad situation, and with over 10,000 people per day in the US turning 65, and the population of elderly people in this country higher than ever before, we don't have to waste our time finding examples that will illustrate the severity of the situation. What we need to do is concentrate on fighting the scourge! The next few posts will elaborate on this theme--how we can band together to help prevent these situations from ever occurring in the first place.
Some thoughts on who can help:
Regular people can call their elderly neighbors and take them shopping and just chat about whats going on it their lives. Lawyers can help make sure the elderly in the community have all appropriate legal protection documents in place to help shield them from hucksters. Financial planners can counsel elderly through any means available that there are people out there trying to prey on their vulnerabilities, and counsel the elderly on how to avoid these people. Technologically sophisticated folks can help older people put security measures in place on their home tech systems. Healthcare people can recognize the signs of abuse, both mental and physical, and counsel clients on what to do if it is detected.
Basically, this is a call for everyone to band together and take small steps to solve this huge problem. More tomorrow.
Jeff Sodoma, MPA, Esq. is a lawyer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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