We, at the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, recognize the ever increasing CHALLENGE to our community and society, as the aging population grows at an alarming rate.
The fastest growing segment of our population is citizens 85 years old or older.
In Arizona, the 85+ population will triple by the year 2010 to 115,000.
Elder abuse costs U.S. businesses tens of billions of dollars per year.
On average 1/3 of victims of financial fraud die within 12-18 months of the crime. (NABI)
Most cases are not reported to authorities. As few as one out of twenty-five cases of financial abuse are reported; only one out of fourteen cases of all forms of abuse are reported.
It is estimated there may be five million victims per year.