Reported cases of elder abuse over the course of the pandemic show a worrying trend — an increase in severity and multiple abuses happening at the same time. The data was gathered and analyzed in a first-of-its-kind study led by Duke Han, PhD,  director of neuropsychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School.

Previous studies have compared reports of elder abuse before versus during the pandemic but used data from two different sources, limiting the ability to draw provable conclusions. Han’s study is the first that compared the abuse rates from a single, more comprehensive data source, the National Center on Elder Abuse. The study was published in the journal BMC Geriatrics.

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