The National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimates that up to 5 million seniors suffer from abuse every year.
That being said, the exact numbers remain unclear as elder abuse often goes unreported. The WHO estimates that just 1 out of 24 elder abuse cases gets reported.
Elder abuse is a nationwide issue that affects millions of people each year. Researchers and advocates collect data and compile statistics to help better understand this widespread problem. By studying these statistics, families can learn why abuse takes place, which groups of seniors run a higher risk of being abused, and how to keep their loved ones safe.
As of 2018, 52 million people in the U.S. were over the age of 65. Nearly 1 in 10 of these people suffer from elder abuse every year, according to some estimates. Anyone can commit elder abuse, from loved ones to caregivers to other residents in a nursing home. And, elder abuse takes many forms, including physical injuries, financial exploitation, and even sexual battery.
Here are some important emotional elder abuse statistics:
Here are some important financial elder abuse statistics:
Here are some important physical abuse statistics:
Here are some notable statistics about sexual abuse among seniors:
Important statistics about nursing home neglect include: