Elder Abuse Researchers Highlight Mistreatment of African Americans
March 17, 2016
The National Center on Elder Abuse has released a brief focusing on information and research findings related to the mistreatment of African American elders, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse.
The brief notes that in 2014 there were 4 million African Americans age 65 and older, comprising 9 percent of the older population in the United States. This population is expected to triple to 12 million, making up 12 percent of the older population by 2060.
The NCEA research offers key findings:
There is limited research on elder abuse and neglect for the African American population;
Elder abuse in the African American community is influenced by risk factors and protective factors spanning from the individual to the community level; and
African Americans are disproportionately impacted by financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment compared to their non-African American counterparts. The majority of financial exploitation that occurred was caused by someone other than a family member or trusted other, suggesting that African Americans may be more vulnerable to scams initiated by strangers than non-African Americans.