In Kern County, Elder Abuse Is On The Rise
One of the most common types of reported abuse is financial. But other forms include physical and emotional, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect.
On The Rise: Over 4,000 Reports Of Elder Abuse In Kern County
Elder abuse is widespread, and reports are on the rise in Kern County. Too often these stories go under-reported and undetected. There were over 4,000 reports of elder abuse in Kern County last year, and experts say only about one of every 24 cases gets reported, according to Kern County Aging and Adult Services. The real number could be as high as 96,000. Financial abuse of the elderly is one of the most common types reported. (Goss, 6/14)
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