Excerpt from Time Goes By: (click for entire article)
You think you know the answer to that, right? Well, not so fast. I did too until I started looking into elder abuse for us. There are a zillion definitions, several kinds of abuse, no useful statistics and differing laws in every U.S. state.
It's amazing how many ways people can find to hurt others and although I feel I've only scratched the surface, I already know more than I want about this shameful problem that should be of concern to everyone. I'll try not to overwhelm you with too much information all at once.
Over time, I'll break down a complex phenomenon into something resembling coherence. Let's begin today with getting the terminology and basic facts straight.