May 24, 2011
North Carolina’s Buncombe County reports that cases of elder abuse are on the rise. About 700 adult protective service reports have already been filed this year, and reports of the elderly being abused have more than doubled in the past six years.
Buncombe County saw 797 adult protective service reports filed last year, whereas there were only 318 cases in 2005.
Social workers say that given the bad economy financial exploitation of the elderly is particularly on the rise, with a 164 percent increase.
Roxann Sizemore, of Buncombe County’s Adult Protective Services, said the public is also more aware of the problem of elder and nursing home abuse which, in combination with the increasing elderly population, has led to an increase in the number of reports of elder abuse.
As this report shows us, abuse and exploitation of our nation’s elderly population is not uncommon. If you or a loved one has been a victim of abuse in a nursing home we urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you explore your legal options.