Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
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Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse

Reports of Dependent Adult Abuse
Received by Adult Protective Services
(Per 1,000 Adults 18 to 64 Years Old)

Reports of Dependent Adult Abuse Received by Adult Protective Services
Source(s): CDSS-SOC 242 Report

Source(s): CDSS-SOC 242 Report

Note: "Elder" means a person 65 years of age or older
"Dependent Adult" means a person 18 to 64 years of age who has physical or mental limitations

Why is this important?

In Tuolumne County, 21% of our population is aged 65 and over. This per capita rate ranks among the highest in the state. 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.

Other 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?

Abuse by others is a crime and includes (1) neglect, (2) physical abuse, (3) emotional abuse, (4) sexual abuse, (5) financial abuse, (6) isolation, and (7) abandonment. These measures apply to both elder and dependent adults.

How are we doing?

In Tuolumne County, dependent adult abuse reports increased 17% between 2002 and 2007, while the state experienced a 19% increase for the same population.

However, elder abuse reports in Tuolumne County increased significantly more (41%) during that same period than elder abuse rates for the state (13%). It is not known what caused this significant increase.

The county developed a multi-agency response team to address abuse issues and coordinate elder and dependent adult services. In addition, Adult Protective Services developed a new database with expanded ability to collect more specific data about abuse incidents.

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