June 10, 2016
Approximately 10,000 incidents of abuse involving vulnerable adults are reported in Louisiana each year, but that is only a fraction of the true number of incidents, most of which are never reported. Research from the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) shows that 90 percent of elder abusers are family members or others who are trusted. Research also shows that abuse of vulnerable adults occurs in all communities, regardless of income, ethnicity or religious background. Vulnerable adults who experience abuse, neglect or self-neglect face a considerably higher risk of premature death than those adults who have not been mistreated.