Social isolation and mental impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease, are two leading factors when considering what makes older adults vulnerable to abuse. The most common forms of abuse include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.
Abuse and exploitation are constant dangers for people with developmental disabilities. It is estimated people with developmental disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be abused than their peers without disabilities
Despite the silver tsunami (wave of aging baby boomers), experts report that knowledge about elder abuse lags as much as two decades behind the fields of child abuse and domestic violence.
At SHARE, Inc., Program Director Marianne Bennett, MSW is at the helm of the ship as we sail into partnerships with community policing, aging friendly resources and local merchants.
Additional resources on elder abuse:
NJ Adult Protective Services
Bergen County Board of Social Services
NJ Ombudsman for Long Term Care
Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
State of New Jersey