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Elder Abuse: Joanne’s Story

Joanne’s story is one of many examples of how elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly can occur. Like many crimes that involve people in isolation, embarrassment prevents elder abuse from being reported to authorities.

Like Joanne’s story, most of the perpetrators of elder abuse are not strangers. Elder victimization can involve people known to the victim, which is why it often remains hidden. Financial exploitation of older people has emerged as a common and difficult issue because the elderly are more vulnerable due to medical needs, diminished mental capacity and often times they have more financial resources to exploit.