DISCLOSURES 

NONE RELATED TO THE CONTENT OF THIS PRESENTATION 

CONTRACT RESEARCH: ESAI, LILLY, TOYAMA 

CONSULTING: LILLY 

FUNDED BY NIH R01 AG042419, R01 NR014189, U01 AG010483, P30 
AG028383, R01 AG019241, R01 HD064993, R01 AG038651, U01 
AG024904 

OBJECTIVES 

DESCRIBE RISKS FOR ELDER ABUSE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO 
COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA 

UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEMENTIA, COGNITIVE 
IMPAIRMENT AND BEHAVIORAL AND PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS CAN 
AFFECT RISK FOR ELDER ABUSE 

DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IN PROTECTING OUR 
SENIORS FROM RISKS OF ABUSE 

ELDER ABUSE IN PERSPECTIVE 

Population (millions) 

< 65 years
≥ 65 years unabused 
victims of elder abuse

12.9% of the US population 

is over 65 years of age 

10% of the US population over 65 

years have been victims of abuse 

=4.3 Million! 

http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/

 ; 

https://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf

  

Kaplan & Pillemer 2015 

THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM IS GOING TO 

NEARLY DOUBLE IN THE NEXT DECADES 

http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Library/Data/index.aspx 

RELATIVE % OF EACH TYPE OF ABUSE 

24% 

24% 

7% 

3% 

42% 

Financial
Neglect
Physical
Sexual
Verbal

Roberto 2016, American Psychologist  71 (4):302-311 

SIZE OF THE DEMENTIA PROBLEM AND ELDER ABUSE IN 

THOSE OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE 

Population (millions) 

< 65 years
≥ 65 years without dementia 
dementia-not abused
dementia-abused

12.9% of the US population 

is over 65 years of age 

13.1% of the US population 

over 65 years is demented 

=5.2 Million! 

http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/

 ; 

https://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf

  

2 OUT OF 3 CASES OF ELDER ABUSE INVOLVE 

A PERSON WITH DEMENTIA 

40% 

60% 

Population in millions 

non-demented abused
demented abused