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Under the Radar

This was the name of a study completed in 2011 by a team of research partners and many experts in New York State. They conducted telephone interviews of 4,000 people over the age of 60 and asked them if they had experienced elder abuse. The study revealed for every case that is self-reported, 25 go unreported. You can read the entire report here.

Imagine how many more victims of elder abuse there must be like Miss D, who have dementia, have no phone and couldn’t be considered for this random survey.

In the video below, Dr. Mark Lachs, Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatric Care at Weill Cornell Medical College calls elder abuse an epidemic, speaks about the study, the NYC Elder Abuse Center and the need for more medical students going into geriatric medicine.

Speaking at the White House was truly an honor. It’s been a lonely field for 20 or 25 years.

What others are reporting across the globe on elder abuse.

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