The number of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders 65+ is expected to increase from 7% in 2010 to 15% by 2030. As the population of Elders grows, so does abuse of those who require care. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional or psychological. It includes intimidation, threats, neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation.
It can take the form of hitting, shoving, sexual abuse, threats, and inappropriate use of drugs, restraints or confinement. It is often committed by family members. Elder abuse needs to be reported. If you live on Tribal Land, report abuse to your local Police Department or social services.