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What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, abandonment and financial abuse. Perpetrators often include children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.
- Physical abuse often involves inflicting physical pain or injury upon an older adult.
- Sexual abuse can be touching, fondling, intercourse, or any other sexual activity with an older adult, when the older adult is unable to understand, unwilling to consent, threatened, or physically forced.
- Emotional abuse means verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation.
- Passive neglect can include a caregiver’s failure to provide an older adult with life’s necessities, including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, or medical care.
- Willful deprivation means denying an older adult medication, medical care, shelter, food, a therapeutic device, or other physical assistance, and exposing that person to the risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm—except when the older, competent adult has expressed a desire to go without such care.
- Financial exploitation can be the misuse or withholding of an older adult’s resources by another, or theft.
Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as five million elders who are abused each year. In 60% of elder abuse cases, the perpetrator is a family member, with 2/3 of those adults.
In addition to tort damages (i.e., past and future lost earnings, lost earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, loss of ability to provide household services, and general damages including past and future physical pain, mental suffering, and emotional distress), California law provides for enhanced remedies in the event of elder abuse, including restitution, treble damages, punitive damages, injunctions, and attorney’s fees and costs.
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