This Sunday’s Boston Globe ran a wonderful article about the toll that the opiate crisis has taken on older adults across the Commonwealth. The statistics in the article are quite sobering, “since 2011 elder abuse reports have climbed 37 percent, with more than 1,000 additional cases reported each of the past five years to protective services offices. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the agency that tracks and investigates abuse, recorded nearly 25,000 cases last year.” Unfortunately, the statistics just confirm what many of us who work with older adults see every day – the untold illness, injury, and suffering of victims of abuse which often leads to the loss of housing, depletion of scare economic resources, exacerbation of medical problems, and a host of other issues. Articles like this help with prevention efforts – they raise the profile of the issue and turn a bright light on a problem that most people do not know about. Kudos to Kay Lazar of the Boston Globe for pulling this issue out of the shadows and putting it on the front page of the Globe.