Older people can be abused, neglected and exploited physically, emotionally and financially. Physical and emotional abuse can also be a means to the end of financial exploitation.
Elders who are victimized can have added challenges that need to be addressed:
- Isolation: Our society often segregates older people physically and socially.
- Physical Accessibility: In some instances, older crime victims do not have physical access to services. This might be because of lack or transportation or limited mobility.
- Attitudinal Accessibility: Attitudes toward the older person are as important as physical accessibility. Older age does not mean a person is less human.
- Valuable Resources: Because of their life stage, some elders have means from a lifetime of working that makes them a desirable target for perpetrators.