The following are links to the California Elder Justice Workgroup report on Improving California’s Response to Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation, Report, Click Here, Executive Summary, Click Here. And the following is a link to the California Elder Justice Workgroup wiki site, Click Here. If you are interested, see also the following elder abuse article from earlier this year, Click Here, and the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Click Here.
It is no secret, and it has been known for a long time that there is a lot of financial and physical abuse and/or neglect of seniors and dependent adults. The resources are not made available to handle the cases, and, having represented clients in cases of both financial, physical and mental abuse, I can certainly say that elder abuse cases are usually difficult and very time-consuming to prosecute. The best deterrent is for elders to have friends and family members who are regularly present, visible and vocal, and who take action. As a society we have a long way to go to make stopping the abuse of elders a recognized national priority.
Dave Tate, Esq. (San Francisco)