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Addressing and preventing elder abuse

New York music fans may be aware of the high-profile elder abuse case involving the survivors of Casey Kasem, who was known for his role as the DJ host of American Top 40. His children alleged that neglect by his wife hastened his death as she moved him from a California convalescent facility to other states. However, officials determined that there was not sufficient evidence to file charges. For those concerned about potential neglect or abuse of elderly family members, familiarity with a caregiver's background and vigilance over time could be important for protecting a loved one. However, dealing with abuse by a family member can be challenging.

Statistics indicate that the elderly population of the United States will increase dramatically in coming years. At present, at least 44 million individuals fill the role of caregiver for someone over the age of 50, and many of those providing care are family members. Unfortunately, only one of 14 cases of elder abuse is believed to be reported due to the fact that caregivers are often the sources of abuse or neglect. Abusive conduct can also be more likely to occur when an agency that lacks proper liability coverage and background monitoring is used for elder care needs.

As family members worry about issues like nursing home neglect, they may choose to provide live-in care for elderly loved ones in their homes instead. There are many resources to train family members so that appropriate skills and methods are used in dealing with both physical and emotional needs of those seniors.

An individual who believes that a loved one is suffering from neglect or elder abuse might wonder about the best options for documenting and reporting their concerns to avoid creating further difficulties for their family member. Legal advice may be important to ensure that the appropriate oversight organization is aware of the issue and that proper steps are taken to end abusive actions.

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