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Elderly Victimization, Characteristics of

As the number of older adults increases, so too does the victimization and abuse of these individuals. Elder abuse is any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by another person that causes injury, harm, or even death to an elderly person. The abuse can be a one-time act or ongoing, and the perpetrator can be a stranger, although typically it will be a relative, friend, acquaintance, or a caregiver. The perpetrator knowingly causes distress to the older adult through a variety of different actions. As people age, they may become more physically fragile: weaker bones, thinner skin, with medical conditions that diminish mobility and independence. Some individuals may become dependent on family and caretakers or become isolated, with limited access to communication and decreased visits from ...

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