Why is this important?
In Tuolumne County, 18.5% of our population is aged
65 and over. This is the third highest per capita rate in
California. Tracking elder/dependent adult abuse trends
helps the community to gauge its capacity to provide
the support services needed to keep vulnerable and aged
adults safe from abuse.
While supportive services are critical when dealing with
self-neglect issues and criminal abuse issues, some of
the factors affecting service provision include increasing
numbers of elder adults, geographical isolation,
individuals' lack of informal support networks, lack of
affordable private health insurance, minimal subsidized
housing, and funding reductions to service providers.
What is the measure?
Self-neglect reports include the inability to provide for
basic food, shelter, and medical needs. Abuse by others is
a crime and includes neglect; physical, emotional, sexual,
and fi nancial abuse; isolation; and abandonment.
How are we doing?
Dependent adult abuse reports increased 21% between
2002 and 2004, while elder abuse reports decreased 33%.
(See table footnotes for defi nitions.)
Tuolumne County has a signifi cantly higher number of
dependent adult abuse reports in relation to the number
of elder abuse reports, which seems to be the trend in
other rural California counties as well.
The county developed multi-agency response teams to
address abuse issues and coordinate elder and dependent