The recent murder/suicide in Saratoga Springs is a tragic reminder that elder abuse is a serious concern. One in ten elders is abused, and 90% of abusers are family members. Elder abuse can take many forms: neglect, physical abuse, social isolation, financial exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse.
When a parent is abused by their adult child, they are often reticent to report the crime to authorities, or even to tell anyone. They may:
- be worried about their son or daughter
- want to protect him/her
- be dependent on the abusive family member for health care or transportation,or
- feel guilty, “I must have done something wrong raising my child for him/her to treat me this way.”