By Paul Schmitt
One form of domestic abuse that is believed to be underreported, yet can be devastating to the victim, is elder abuse. Executive Director of HELP of Door County Steve Vickman, notes that this Friday is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. He says that the elderly are more susceptible to abuse, especially from family members or caretakers.
Vickman says many cases can go unreported because of the feeling of embarrassment or not wanting to get family members in trouble. Other cases can make it difficult to follow up due to the reduced capacities of victims suffering from dementia, according to Vickman. He adds that the abuse many times can be financial, as well as emotional or physical.