The number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to dramatically increase by the middle of the century. By then, elders will constitute more than one fifth of America's population. In California, the senior population over the next five years will have more than doubled from what it was in 1990. These changes will have a far reaching effect on our nation, on our state, and on each of us individually. As your parents, aunts and uncles, siblings and friends, and, naturally, you yourself age, we and our loved ones will join this esteemed segment of the population, and the concerns of our nation's seniors will instantly become our concerns. It is with ever increasing urgency therefore that we must educate ourselves about issues that concern the elderly. One issue that particularly deserves our serious attention is elder abuse.