Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
published an article, by Carol McAlice Currie indicating that the Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI) had a 10% increase in allegations (38,000) for elder abuse in 2014. The OAAPI also reported that the number of elder abuse investigations increased by 10% to 18,185 in 2014. The State attributes much of the increase in allegations to the aging population and greater awareness of how to report it.
The report didn't specify the number of financial abuse allegations as opposed to the number allegations for physical abuse or neglect, nonetheless, the prevalence of elder abuse is a significant scourge on society.
The other interesting fact is that allegations were more likely to be received from people who were not obligated to report, as opposed to those who are obligated to report. According to the Statesman Journal article:
non-mandatory reporters in communities, such as bankers and financial service workers, continued across the board to outnumber mandatory reporters in reporting possible abuse or neglect by a 51 to 49 percent margin, said Joe Merrifield, who manages the research and prevention unit of OAAPI.