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New Study Sheds Light on Elder Abuse Trends

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A new study suggests victims of elder abuse are usually women, people with neurological disorders, or drug addicts, HealthDay reports.

Researchers looked at figures from two Chicago trauma units, and found that almost 30 percent of abused seniors had alcohol in their system. The study compared abuse victims with a control group of patients older than 60.

The study also urged medical staff at hospitals to be more vigilant about elder abuse cases, since most instances are only discovered after the victim has been hospitalized.

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