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Orono, Maine

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Blaine House Conference on Aging

Abstract/ Summary

Elder abuse is one of the most disturbing and rapidly growing areas of crime in the United States, and it remains hidden in our communities. It is estimated that as many as five million individuals 65 years of age or older are abuse in the United States every year. Approximately 84 percent of all cases are never reported. Furthermore, Maine has one of the highest elderly suicide rate in the United States. Many times, the abuser is a family member or a caregiver, of whom the elderly individual is dependent upon. There exists fear, embarrassment, and blame in the elderly adult. Maine’s Adult Protective Services exists to protect these individuals who are unable to protect themselves, but the concept needs to receive more public awareness in order to improve this disclosure and protection rate. Options for this improvement include screenings, legalities, and education. These recommendations will assist in increasing disclosure and protection rates, and thus lowering the rates of elder abuse.


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