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Although not a new problem, elder abuse continues to be an underrecognized and underreported cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly for many reasons. Historical information often remains undetected during the medical evaluation process. Social stigmata surround the problem and, like all forms of domestic violence, it is the "disease that is lied about." Finally, detection of elder abuse and neglect is contingent upon physicians' awareness of the problem as well as their ability to recognize and understand the risk factors that often appear before a crisis occurs.
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