Elder financial abuse on rise, according to Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reported today that confirmed cases of financial, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of elderly people more than doubled over the first four months of the 2009 fiscal year (July-October, 2008) from the same period in the prior year.   State officials cited job losses, shrinking investments, and the dramatic increase in foreclosures as the primary causes for the steep increase,  but also cited cuts in home care services and stress management programs for family caregivers as playing a role.

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