Elder Abuse on the Rise in Virginia as Population Ages

A case of neglect of an 87-year-old woman who had advanced Alzheimer's has brought the state's elder abuse problem into the light. The woman who was severely malnourished was brought to the hospital but passed away within a month of being there. She had simply been neglected for too long. Her caretakers, a convicted felon and his girlfriend, have been charged with felony counts of elder abuse.

According to the Associated Press, the woman's death is just part of a disturbing trend in Virginia. In the past fiscal year which ended June 30, reports of abuse of the elderly rose by 9 percent, according to the state Department of Social Services. Reports of elderly abuse have also risen 19 percent in the past three years. With the state population aging rapidly and increased economic strain, elder neglect and abuse is expected to continue to rise. In the year ending June 30, 2010, there were 16,981 reports of adult abuse statewide, according to the Department of Social Services.For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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