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Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse

The First of its Kind: Elder Abuse Forensic Center of Orange County, CA

Elder and Dependent Abuse in the time of COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic through January 2021, Orange County’s population over 65 accounted for 11% of COVID infections and a disproportionate 76% of the deaths; while older adults over 85 years old are only 1.93% of the population, they account for 34% of all deaths.  In addition to the dramatic death rates among our older adults, the unique stressors of living through a pandemic have resulted in increased rates of depression and loneliness, and suicide rates have skyrocketed.