One development stemming from the aging of the U.S. population is the growing prevalence of elder abuse. This type of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and sometimes all of the above.
Sadly, in more than two-thirds of cases, the perpetrator is an adult child of the victim who is serving as a caregiver. Anyone who has taken care of an older parent will attest to the fact that it is an extraordinarily stressfull and difficult assignment. Abuse can materialize when the caregiver is ill-prepared, resources are lacking and/or there is a steady and decline in the elderly parent's condition which frustrates the caregiver.
One highly-recommended source of information on this issue can be found at the website for The National Center on Elder Abuse. In Connecticut, you should refer to the State of Connecticut's Protective Services for the Elderly, which is a branch of the Department of Social Services. Connecticut also maintains a toll-free Elder Abuse Referral Line at 1-888-385-4225 in-state or 1-800-203-1234 out-of-state. For after-hours elder abuse emergencies, call the State's infoline at 211.