Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney


Elder Abuse Information

  • The U.S. has 44 million people age 60 or older, and 36 million people with disabilities.
  • In the last decade, the number of domestic elder abuse reports investigated by Adult Protective Services across the nation has increased by more than 150%.
  • Almost 62% percent of all cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults living at home involve mistreatment by other people and 38% involve self-neglect.
  • Domestic elder abuse is a family problem - almost 90% of abusers were family members.
  • Men were the abusers in over half of elder abuse cases.