Some months ago, not long after Attorney General Chris Carr had assumed office, he spoke at the Atlanta Young Republicans (AYR) meeting and talked about his priorities. He mentioned three items he would be focusing on – human trafficking, opioid addiction and elder abuse.
Those first two are well-known and in the news regularly. That third item however, is not. And it is sadly more common than people might think. A report from the New England Journal of Medicine found that 10% of elder Americans had experience some sort of abuse – including physical, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation and neglect. And it’s considered underreported. Perhaps more disturbingly, according to a study from the National Council on Aging, the abuser is a family member about 60% of the time.
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