Clearfield County, PA – One of the most shocking statistics about senior citizens is that, in online data, more than 60 percent of older adults reported being victims of abuse.

Kathy Gillepsie, the CEO of the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, says most abuse actually takes the form of financial manipulation. This could be via a scam by a stranger, but more often it is a family member who is using the senior citizen’s finances.

Other abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, and neglect.

Research suggests:

  • Only about one out of every 14 incidents of elder abuse (including self-neglect) in domestic settings actually come to the attention of local or state authorities.
  • Only one out of every 25 cases of financial exploitation are reported. These unreported incidents would increase the amount to 5 million victims of financial exploitation per year (2).
  • Another study out of the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study indicated that about 20 percent of cases of neglect, exploitation, abuse or self-neglect are reported.

If you notice something out of the ordinary with a family member, friend, or neighbor, report it to the police or to the Agency on Aging immediately. You can reach them at their website or by calling 1-800-225-8571 or 814-765-2696.

Listen to the full Contact Show with Joe Taylor and the employees at the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging.