Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a person that causes harm or serious risk to a vulnerable adult.
An estimated 10 percent of older adults — 5 million people — are victims of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of mistreatment. However, detecting and preventing this is difficult. Many victims are isolated and do not know where to turn for redress. Many never report an incident. Community-based initiatives can help. For more information, see GIA’s Elder Abuse Issue Brief.
Funders interested in supporting community-focused elder abuse programs can learn from initiatives such as these: