About 13.5 percent of the United States population is over the age of 65, and that number is expected to rise to 20 percent by 2050. It is believed that up to 10 percent of those over the age of 65 are subjected to abuse. This number is expected to increase as the elderly population increases. However, lawmakers are trying to take action to put a stop to elderly abuse.
One possible solution that lawmakers are proposing is to increase penalties for facilities that engage in elderly abuse. Another idea is to allow residents to put hidden cameras in their bedrooms to record instances of abuse while they happen. In the meantime, family members are encouraged to look out for signs of possible abuse in loved ones. For instance, bed sores or increased bruising may be potential outcomes of abuse.