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Although elder abuse is a pervasive and growing problem, much about this topic remains unknown, and inconsistency in definitions has hampered research and practice. Both the lack of clarity of definition and the underreporting of cases have prevented a clear picture of prevalence. Notwithstanding, it is estimated that between 1 and 2 million Americans over age 65 have experienced some type of abuse. Elder abuse occurs in both institutional and domestic settings. Currently six types of abuse are generally agreed on. Profiles of victims have found no gender differences, but likelihood of abuse is higher in elders with low income and in those who are depressed or who have experienced earlier domestic abuse. Abusers are most often children and other family members of victims. Regarding ...

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