Abusing A Defenseless Elder Abuse Essay

1857 Words Jun 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Every day news channels transmit the day’s events; mass shootings, murder cases, robberies, lottery winners, president’s speeches, etc. but not very often an elder abuse case is transmitted, and that’s because even though there are more than five million cases per year, only one in fourteen is reported (Elder Abuse Statistics & Facts).
On August 25, 2015 a seventy-two-year-old woman was found severely neglected by her caregiver; according to Hayes “the woman had bugs coming out of her mouth and wore a diaper that hadn 't been changed in some time… They described the woman as living among numerous cockroaches, in a house where a sink full of dishes gave off a strong odor.” Extreme cases like this are the ones that make people wonder how can a person be capable of abusing a defenseless elder. It is a horrible act, unforgivable some may say but the reality of the situation is that it happens, individuals that abuse their elders have different reasons to do it; some do it out of pleasure, some out of anger, others do it as an effect of stress related to the responsibility of taking care of an elder, while other caregivers have disabilities themselves, suffer from anxiety, or have a difficult relationship with the elder.
Elderly abuse is defined by Thompson as “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” Elderly abuse has several categories and they are: physical abuse, sexual…

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