As noted in the first entry of this series, reports of elder financial abuse have significantly increased in Oregon over the last several years. Although this indicates a rise in awareness about the issue, experts are concerned the number of reports is only marginal in comparison to the actual incidents of abuse. Unfortunately, this disparity may be for reasons that hit closer to home than we care to admit.
We've previously discussed Oregon's aggressive efforts to prevent elder abuse. Unfortunately despite those efforts, reports of elder abuse have continued to increase dramatically over the last few years.