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Jun 2, 2014 by |

Increasing Social Isolation Encourages Elder Abuse


As adults age they are more prone to isolate themselves socially. There are many factors that lead seniors toward social isolation. Chronic health problems, the inability to travel, and even depression can cause older adults to become socially isolated. When a senior is isolated socially, the potential for elder abuse increases. Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys remind the public to keep a close eye on their senior relatives.

As an adult’s age increases, so do the chances that he or she will be a victim of elder abuse. Many perpetrators attempt to isolate, and gain control over the victim by monitoring phone calls, mail, travel, and contact with outsiders. Those who commit elder abuse work to prevent the victims from integrating into the social sphere, thus deepening an elder’s feeling of withdrawal and reclusiveness. This detachment from society leads to further isolation and vulnerability that only make the victim more susceptible to abuse. Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys say that senior citizens should strive to remain engaged with friends and family.

To prevent elder abuse, it is critical that senior citizens remain integrated in social networks and establish a role within them. By remaining engaged in social networks, senior citizens in distress are more likely to be noticed by others if there is a cause for concern. Additionally, senior citizens should work towards maintaining friendships and social circles because they will not only decrease the chances of elder abuse, but also contribute to overall health, happiness, and longevity. Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys wish that all senior citizens had healthy social networks.

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles elder abuse, financial elder abuse, physical elder abuse, annuity fraud, consumer fraud class actions, insurance and banking fraud cases. If you think that you have witnessed or are the victim of elder abuse, or financial fraud then contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 for a free and confidential consultation, or email us at

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