Elder abuse in Los Angeles can occur in a variety of settings, and it can affect both male and female people over the age of 65. According to data collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse, elderly females are at a higher risk of being abused than elderly males.
Caregivers in nursing homes, long-term care facilities and private homes can all be guilty of elder abuse. However, a national study found that 90 percent of abusers were close family members of their elderly victim. These abusers were often spouses, partners and adult children. The study also determined that family members with mental illnesses, substance abuse problems or feelings of being overburdened by their responsibilities to provide care were more likely to engage in elder abuse.