Because Southern California is a popular destination for retirees, its residents should be aware of a national study on elder abuse. The study indicated that about 10 percent of elderly Americans suffer from neglect or abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse further indicated that for every case that is reported, 23 additional cases are not reported.
One doctor who specializes in geriatrics further observed that paid caregivers are not the main problem when it comes to elder abuse. Family members, including a partner or grown child, are more often the ones who abuse the elderly. Sometimes the abuse is a result of stress or feeling overwhelmed due to providing constant care for a loved one. She further added that these challenges can cause caregivers to act in ways that are out of character. The doctor recommended that people look for any indications of abuse, such as bruises or frequent falls. Loved ones can ask the elderly if they are afraid of someone or if someone has hurt them.