In the United States, unlike many other cultures, aging is stigmatized
and viewed negatively. The care and treatment of elders may also
be impacted by this stigma.
The elders who are most vulnerable to abuse are those who are very
old, frail and dependent upon others. It is estimated that approximately
one million cases of elder abuse occur in the U.S. every year.
People over 65 years of age represent over fifteen percent of Maine’s
population and that percentage is increasing. Elder abuse isn't
easily identified and goes unreported in many cases.
Maine Bureau of Elder
The Bureau is responsible for investigating reports of abuse, neglect
and exploitation of incapacitated and dependent adults and for protecting
incapacitated and dependent adults in danger or at substantial risk
Neglect and Exploitation in Licensed Facilities
Maine Legal Services for the
Provides free, high quality legal assistance to socially and
economically needy Maine residents age 60 and older.
Abuse, a two part guide prepared by Legal Services for the Elderly
Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging is the only federal agency dedicated
to policy development, planning, and the delivery of supportive
home and community-based services to our nation’s diverse
population of older persons and their caregivers. They provide critical
information, assistance and programs that protect the rights of
vulnerable, at-risk older persons through the national aging network.
National Center on
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