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One in 10 elderly Americans experiences some form of abuse or neglect, according to the National Council on Aging. That can be physical injuries, emotional assaults, willful deprivation, financial exploitation. Victims often have to leave their homes for care, then risk being preyed upon again if they return.
But as Rachel Gotbaum reports, the country’s first elder abuse shelter provides a sanctuary, a path back home and a model for others.
RACHEL GOTBAUM, BYLINE: Janet Jones lives in a spare one-bedroom apartment in this housing project in Coney Island, Brooklyn. There’s little in the way of furniture. But she says, for her, this place is paradise.