We're already getting the idea that the "golden years," aren't quite so golden. Increasing health care costs, rising prescription medication costs, people lingering for years with dementia - that's bad enough.
But here's an even uglier chapter: elder abuse. Fraud, financial exploitation, mental, psychological and or physical violence.
Why? Much of the nation's wealth is held by people over 60.
Who's doing it? The ugliest part of all: family.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be the victim of elder abuse, in Minnesota, call the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at (844)880-1574. In Douglas County, Wisconsin, call Adult Protective Services at (715) 395-1304.
To learn more about how you can protect yourself or a loved one, to learn about indicators of possible elder abuse or to get more information about this topic, you can check out these online sources:
- National Council for Aging Care
- Elder Abuse and Neglect: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Reporting Abuse Minnesota Elder Justice Center
- National Center on Elder Abuse