Report: Abuse of Elderly Increasing in Virginia

September 17, 2010

Reports of abuse of the elderly are increasing in Virginia.

The Daily Press reports that state statistics show reports of abuse of the elderly increased by nine percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, and by 19 percent over the past three years.

Gail Nardi, a state manager for adult services, says the state expects to receive about 12,000 reports this year. Nardi says the trend is expected to continue.

In one recent case, an 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's died a month after her nephew brought her to a Richmond hospital. According to court records, the woman was malnourished, bruised and had bedsores.

The nephew and his girlfriend were charged with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.

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