According to the estimates by the Illinois Department on Aging, as many as 80,000 people are victims of elderly abuse each year. Due to these staggering numbers, the Department has declared July to be Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Along with them, McHenry County state’s attorney Louis Bianchi has been working with the elderly on a local level through presentations and distributing information packets. The two groups point out that elder abuse, defined as neglect, physical injury, mental, sexual or financial abuse, often goes unreported because the elderly are too embarrassed or unsure of what to do. One of the biggest forms of abuse fails in financial exploitation, especially due to the faltering economy. To read more about ways to prevent elderly abuse, please click the link.