A fact of life is that we all age. A fact of life in Florida is that there is a large population of elderly. A sad but real fact is that Florida Elderly are susceptible to, and are real victims of elderly abuse.
Some interesting information as provided by a recent article in the Miami-Dade Herald, reports that Florida currently has over 5 million licensed drivers over the age of 55; and 19 percent of Florida’s population is over 65, making our Sunshine State No. 1 in the nation for its over-65 percentage.
Florida Elderly abuse is the result of neglect and exploitation. Abuse encompasses a broad range of actions including a caregiver’s failure or omission to provide an elderly person with the care, supervision, and services needed for the well-being of their physical and mental health.
Another more insidious exploitation may come from within the family of the elderly, and includes behavior to obtain or use an elderly person’s funds, assets and property to benefit someone other than the elderly person.
The good news is that there are Florida Statutes which impose punishment on those who abuse, neglect and exploit Elderly Persons. If you have concerns regarding suspected elder abuse contact an Orange Park Elder Attorney.