04/25/2008

Criminals increasingly targeting elderly

By Tanika White
The Baltimore Sun
Related: Interviewing elderly subjects

BALTIMORE — John Hopkins geriatrician Dr. Robert Burton has heard far too many stories like that of Nancy Schmidt, the 74-year-old woman who was attacked in her Remington home this week.

"I think older people are particularly vulnerable to crime ..." Burton said, ticking off horror story after horror story of patients he has known who have been similarly victimized. "Particularly single women living alone are somehow preferentially targeted."

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