Elder abuse is a mostly silent epidemic in America, silent because instances of elder abuse are often swept under the rug. The National Council on Aging defines elder abuse as follows:
A fact-finding mission performed by the National Council on Aging and the National Center on Elder Abuse found that upwards of five million elderly Americans are abused every year, leading to elderly Americans losing aspects of their dignity, security, and health. And most concerning, a number of elderly Americans lose their lives every year as a direct result of elder abuse.
While elder abuse appears in countless forms, three types of abuse manifest all too often in nursing homes.
Because elder abuse often goes unreported, it can be difficult to ascertain the most prevalent types. Thankfully, a group of researchers at the World Health Organization convinced a number of current and former nursing center workers to come forward and speak openly about the real conditions in long-term living facilities and nursing homes. And given the available data arrived at from the surveys, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and nursing home neglect were determined as the most common causes of abuse in nursing homes.
The partners at NRS Injury Law specialize in a wide range of legal fields. But before they are lawyers, the NRS partners are community members, and there are few community phenomena more tragic than nursing home neglect or the ongoing abuse of a community’s senior citizens.
If you or a family member was injured, abused, neglected, or harmed by a nursing home, please get in touch with the NRS Injury Law legal team today. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys firmly believe that every person is entitled to safe and comfortable long-term care, and that’s why our team is committed to ending all forms of elder neglect. Call our office at 855.468.4878 or fill out our online contact form.
 NCO. “Get the Facts on Elder Abuse.” National Council on Aging, 2021. ncoa.org
 WHO. “Abuse of older people.” World Health Organization, 2022. who.int