Ninety percent of abusers are family members or trusted others.
Of all reported elder-abuse cases, financial exploitation is reported most frequently.
Greenwood says fraud committed by strangers such as unlicensed home contractors and phone sweepstakes scammers is bigger than ever.
When she was 72 she sold her mobile home and moved in with her daughter and granddaughter in Monterey, Calif.
Professional caregivers pose particular risks because of their closeness to the victims and, perhaps, their generally low wages.
We unearthed numerous cases in which health aides, either in the home or in an institution, had taken items, cash, or Social Security checks from their elderly charges, or worse.
They were convicted of grand theft and financial elder abuse, both felonies, and two counts of misdemeanor elder abuse.
Last summer, a California appeals court stayed one of Schoenbachler’s misdemeanor charges.