This article previously appeared in Experience Magazine, vol. 25, no.2, summer 2015, at 1-2.
Seniors, especially victims of dementia, are the perfect victims because they generally won't report abuse. Elder abuse is a modern scourge affecting older adults in America. This epidemic comes in many different forms: physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, neglect and self-neglect, abandonment, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation. Often this abuse is perpetuated by a family member or trusted caregivers upon an older adult who is cognitively impaired.