20 Aug

Elder Abuse Affecting Baby Boomers

Posted by on August 20, 2012

The Baby Boomer population is generally defined as those born between the years of 1946 and 1964. In 1957 alone, 4.3 million babies were born. Over the entire span, there were approximately 77 million babies born. That’s one heck of a number. Now we’re beginning to see all those babies reach retirement age.

As this begins happening, the nation is going to see a retirement crisis unlike anything we’ve seen to date. As fast as they came into this world, they’ll be exiting the workplace. This year marked the beginning of the wave, and will be be happening at a rate of 10,000 every day for years to come. Just as this tsunami of humanity is reaching retirement, the U.S. economy is coming apart at the seams. Most younger Americans assume that Social Security is enough to take care of the needs of the elderly. They are quickly learning that is not the case.

So as we begin to find places for our parents or other aging loved ones to live, we also have to keep in mind the risks we’ll be taking in placing them. Many assisted living places around the country are well kept and the patients well cared for. Even with that, it is still imperative to be vigilant about watching for signs of abuse or negligence.

Offenses range from physical abuse to neglect and exploitation. Keeping track of their finances also becomes a concern as predators are looking for any sign of weakness in scamming away their money.

The scope of elder abuse is broad. One can never be too cautious in keeping track of what kind of care is being given to your loved ones.

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