Families in California may benefit from learning more about how the National Center of Elder Abuse describes and outlines the issues regarding elder abuse in the United States. The agency claims the propensity of abuse has been increasing with time, but that there are signs that can help indicate if an elder is being victimized. Anyone who witnesses or learns of elder abuse is urged to contact the appropriate authorities for assistance.
The federal government began defining the term with guidelines implemented in amendments to the Older American Act during 1987. States also operate under their own laws concerning elder abuse. Domestic elder abuse occurs when the perpetrator has a personal relationship with the victim, someone like a friend, caregiver or family member. Institutional abuse occurs at nursing homes and other types of residential facilities. The perpetrators in these crimes are often employees who are contractually or legally obligated to provide an adequate degree of care and protection for the residents.