Roughly 2 million senior citizens abused, neglected, or exploited each year

According to an AP article that I read on Huffington Post, the number of senior citizens in this country will practically double. The number of those over 85 years old is growing even more rapidly. Sharon Merriman-Nai, project director of the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly based at the Univ. of Delaware suggests that at least 2 million seniors are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, according to the article.

That’s  1 out of every 10 elders suffering some form of exploitation and abuse.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo, caregiver Kim Bauer, right, pauses as the elderly woman she is helping looks at a decorative fireplace at Cedar Village retirement community, in Mason, Ohio. The woman she is helping has suffered abuse by a relative. The Shalom Center that is a part of the community helps the woman by offering shelter, along with medical, psychological and legal help, to elderly abuse victims in this northern Cincinnati suburb. The center asked that her identity be protected for this story because the close relatives who allegedly abused her don't know where she is. Photo: Al Behrman

 In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo, caregiver Kim Bauer, right, pauses as the elderly woman she is helping looks at a decorative fireplace at Cedar Village retirement community, in Mason, Ohio. The woman she is helping has suffered abuse by a relative.  Photo: Al Behrman

The Shalom Center is a part of the community in Cedar Village Retirement Home in Mason, Ohio. The center helps elder abuse victims by offering shelter, along with medical, psychological and legal help, to elderly abuse victims in this northern Cincinnati suburb. The center asked that the identity of the lady in the wheelchair photographed on the right be protected for this story because the close relatives who allegedly abused her don’t know where she is.

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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.