Spouse Most Likely Source of Elder Abuse

Elderly people may be at increased risk of abuse if they’re cared for by a spouse, especially if the spouse is coping with his or her own physical or mental health problems, according to a new study.

“Caregiving is stressful, and it breaks down the people that are providing the care — they wear down,” Scott Beach, the study lead author and director of research at University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research, said in a prepared statement.