Elder Abuse has been a growing concern in the U.S. and Canada since the mid 1970’s when the British christened it “granny bashing”. Since then, abuse of the elderly has been increasing. Most abusers are the children of the victim.
And according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, “the percentage of abuse cases involving children has increased in the nineties”.
Information about how to detect abuse is extensive. The means of halting it are expensive and almost futile because the abuser is always a step ahead,controlling the finances of their victim: protected by powers of attorney, privacy statutes, and the contentious issue of whether or not their victim has the capacity to manage their own finances. Authorities seem to assume capacity. Objective testing by government authorities that might prove the incapacity of the victim is difficult to achieve without the co-operation of the alleged abuser/guardian.
Elder Abuse and Thought Reform
Anyone seeking to understand why an abuse victim might cooperate with their abuser,even to the extent of acting against their own self-interest should familiarize themselves with methods of coercive persuasion, or thought reform.