The U.S. Census Bureau projects that more than 62 million Americans will be age 65 or older in 2025, a 78 percent increase from 2001, and more than 7.4 million will be age 85 or older, a 68 percent increase. Aging is accompanied by changes in physical and mental health, making older adults particularly vulnerable to crime, abuse, and neglect. Isolation, memory loss, and a diminished cognitive ability make it even easier to defraud or coerce them.
To help with elder abuse case response, the Department of Justice, through its Elder Justice Initiative, launched an elder abuse case review toolkit, which encourages and facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams when it comes to elder abuse cases. The guide provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
To learn more about different forms of elder abuse, what is being done to prevent and respond to cases, and to discover help that is available to victims, select a page from the "Elder Abuse" box for additional resources from the Office of Justice Programs and other federal sources.