An ugly truth about elder abuse is that it happens at nursing homes but can also take place at home. Statistics show that the majority of elder abuse happens at home by friends and family members and one organization has been working to end elder abuse for more than twenty years.
“A lot of people don’t think of elder abuse as another form of family violence,” says Jenny Ackley, project coordinator for Abuse in Later Life at Vera House. “But ninety-percent of the time it’s happening at the hands of your family—another six-percent are friends or people that you know,” she adds.
Isolation is known as one of the biggest risk factors that family members and citizens should keep an eye out for. Jenn says that one good example is someone who used to be an active community member but has since scaled down and is more reclusive. “If you go to their home and you can’t get in touch with them, then that’s a sign that something may be wrong,” she adds.
The Vera House Evergreen Network is dedicated to raising awareness about elder abuse and “Transforming the Emergency Response for Elder Abuse Victims.” The 22nd Elder Abuse Conference is being held Thursday, June 13th, beginning at , at the DoubleTree Hotel in
For more information, visit VeraHouse.org.