MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- An advocate for Tennessee seniors says the vast majority of cases of elder abuse are not being reported.
Grace Smith heads the Council on Aging for Middle Tennessee. She says only about 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported.
Perhaps most disturbing of all, Smith says family members are the ones most likely to abuse a senior citizen.
‘”Typically an adult child or a spouse, and very often someone who is financially dependent on the elder.”