Elder abuse is on the rise in Missouri. That’s according to a report released by the Missouri foundation for health. Reports of elder abuse have increased 50 percent over the past decade with one in 50 seniors reporting abuse or neglect. But that’s not the only problem, as studies also show that only one in five incidents of elder abuse are actually reported. Another issue is the Missouri state hotline is no longer staffed 24/7 due to budget cuts with no one available to talk to between midnight and 7am.